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Former world number one Kento Momota announces shock retirement from international badminton

Two-time gold medallist at the World Badminton Championships, Kento Momota has stunned the fans of the sport around the world with his sudden retirement from the international circuit.

The 29-year-old announced that the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, will be his last international appearance for Japan.

Momota, the men’s singles champion at the BWF World Championships in 2018 and winner at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Basel met with a horrific accident after winning the Malaysia Masters when the car taking him to the airport in Kuala Lumpur crashed.

The driver died after suffering fatal injuries and the Japanese shuttler required surgery to repair the damage to his fractured eye socket.

“I’m not going to lie, after the accident I’ve asked myself, ‘Why me?” Momota told the reporters in a press conference on Thursday in Tokyo.

“Honestly, it was one difficult time after another. But I didn’t want to blame it on the accident. I wanted to try and beat it.

“I had so much support. It’s how I managed to come this far.”

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