TOKYO (Reuters) – World number one badminton player Kento Momota was discharged from hospital on Friday, his sponsor Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp, said in a statement, after being treated for injuries sustained in a vehicle collision in Malaysia.
Momota was among four passengers in a van traveling to the airport on Monday when it crashed into the back of a 30-ton truck, injuring them and killing the driver of the van.
The Badminton World Federation said Momota suffered multiple lacerations to his face and a nasal bone fracture during the crash but after being treated at a hospital in Tokyo, the 25-year-old was discharged with “no physical problems.”
“To the fans who are cheering, and those concerned such as the Malaysian Government and the Japan Badminton Association, I made you worried this time, but fortunately there was no problem found in the close examination,” Momota said in the statement.
“I am really grateful of a lot of support I received after the accident.”
“Again, I send my prayers to the driver who died in the accident.”
“Although I will be in a recuperating period for a while, I will try to restore my mind and body,” he said.
“I would like to show my fullest play as soon as possible, so that I can give back to those who support me.”
(Reporting by Jack Tarrant and Hideto Sakai; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)