Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Kento Momota Announces Return to Competitive Badminton

Kento Momota, the world-renowned badminton player, has recently made an exciting announcement. After a long hiatus, he is set to make his highly-anticipated return to competitive badminton in the upcoming weeks. Momota revealed this news during the YONEX sponsorship announcement for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Tokyo.

On the occasion, Momota shared his plans to participate in the All-Japan national championships in Tokyo in late December. Following that, he intends to compete in the YONEX Thailand Open and the TOYOTA Thailand Open, both taking place in Bangkok in January. These tournaments will serve as crucial opportunities for Momota to earn the points necessary to boost his ranking in the HSBC BWF Road to Bangkok Rankings. By doing so, he aims to secure a spot in the prestigious HSBC BWF World Tour Finals scheduled for later in January.

Momota’s return is highly anticipated after a challenging year. Previously, he suffered an injury to his eye socket in a car accident right after his victory at the Malaysia Masters. His injury raised concerns about the continuation of his career. Now, almost a year later, Momota is ready to showcase his skills once again.

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In addition to Momota’s announcement, it is worth noting that another prominent player, Anders Antonsen, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation. Antonsen, the world No.3 and the runner-up in the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019, confirmed the diagnosis after playing in a team match in Aarhus. He has taken the necessary steps to inform and protect those who may have come into contact with him.

Furthermore, four Indian players, Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, and RMV Gurusaidutt, have also tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a wedding in India.

The YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open entries closed on December 8th, and the athletes qualified for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be announced following the conclusion of the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

Overall, badminton fans eagerly await Kento Momota’s return to the court, and the badminton community as a whole continues to navigate the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.