Kento Momota Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Japanese Players Pull Out Of Thailand Open

Kento Momota has tested positive for coronavirus.© AFP




Badminton world number one Kento Momota tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, prompting the withdrawal of all Japan’s players from this month’s Thailand Open, Japan’s Badminton Association said.

Momota was looking to make his international comeback in Bangkok after almost a year out following a car crash that left him with serious injuries.

The World No.1 had won the All-Japan championships in December last year to complete the first step of his comeback.

Momota came from behind to beat world number 11 Kanta Tsuneyama 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in Tokyo, marking a successful return from the accident that left him fearing his career might be over after fracturing an eye socket.

The win gave Momota his third straight national title.

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