KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13, — Japanese shuttler Kento Momota and three others who were injured in a crash today are recovering well at the Putrajaya Hospital, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said.
It said in a statement that on the advice of doctors, they are to be kept under close supervision at the hospital and would not be discharged tonight.
“BAM officers are in constant communication with Japan’s head coach Park Joo Bong and will continue to be stationed at the hospital to assist,” said the statement.
The 25-year-old world number one men’s singles player suffered multiple laceration wounds on the face and right maxillary sinus and nasal bone fracture in the incident involving him, his support staff and a Badminton World Federation Hawkeye assistant.
A van ferrying them to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport crashed into a slow-moving lorry at KM13.7 of the Maju Expressway near here at about 4.40 am.
Besides Momota, the other passengers were assistant coach Yu Hirayama, 35, (laceration wounds over the right shin), physiotherapist Morimoto Akifumi, 42, (cerebral concussion & closed fracture) and Hawkeye system operator William Thomas, 30, (laceration wounds over forehead & lower limbs).
The van driver, B. Nageswarau, 24, died at the scene.