#Kento Momota

Japan's premier badminton player Kento Momota will miss Thailand Open after testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Kento Momota's news was confirmed by Japan's Badminton Association
  • Momota was looking to make his international comeback
  • The World No 1 was involved in a fatal crash that forced him to be out of action for almost a year 

Kento Momota came from behind to register an important win. (Photo credit: Instagram/momotakento)

  • The win gave Kento Momota his third straight national title
  • Momota came from behind to beat world number 11 Kanta Tsuneyama
  • Momota was gravely injured in a car accident in January

Kento Momota had won the gold medal in the World Tour Finals 2019. (Photo credit: Instagram/momotakento)

  • I went out onto the court and it really felt like I was back. I enjoyed it, Kento Momota said
  • Momota beat Koshiro Moriguchi 21-12, 21-14 in the first round of the All-Japan championships
  • Momota is aiming to win a third straight national