PETALING JAYA: Badminton followers worldwide should wait longer for the return of world No. 1 Kento Momota.
Momota’s much-anticipated return to competitors is not going to happen in spite of everything on the Denmark Open when he and a bunch of compatriots surprisingly pulled out from the Oct 13-18 event in Odense.
Becoming a member of him within the listing of absentees embrace ladies’s singles star Akane Yamaguchi, Keigo Sonoda-Hiroyuki Endo (males’s doubles) and Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (combined doubles) – who’re all the highest seeds of their respective occasions.
The Japanese gamers who will nonetheless compete within the Open are Kenta Nishimoto (males’s singles), Nozomi Okuhara (ladies’s singles) and Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara, Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota and Chiharu Shida-Nami Matsuyama (ladies’s doubles).
In response to studies in Japan, Nippon Badminton Affiliation didn’t reveal the explanations behind the withdrawal of Momota and Co however it’s believed that they have been involved over the spike in Covid-19 circumstances in Europe.
Denmark has recorded a median of 400 circumstances a day since mid-September.
The information will come as an enormous blow not solely to the event organisers, but in addition the Badminton World Federation (BWF), who’re hoping to restart the season in one of the simplest ways they will after the season was suspended since mid-March with the internet hosting of the All-England.
The event has already been hit by a spate of withdrawals by prime Asian nations, and the participation of those Japanese stars was seen because the saving grace.
All eyes had been on Momota’s comeback because it had been practically 9 months since he featured in a event.
Momota had missed the final two months of motion previous to the Covid-19 suspension after being concerned in a highway accident in Kuala Lumpur a day after capturing the Malaysian Masters in January.
With no extra tournaments lined up for the remainder of the yr, Momota is predicted to make his aggressive return on the Japanese Nationwide Championships the place he can be aiming to win his third consecutive title and a fourth general.
Momota’s absence in Odense is predicted to throw the competitors huge open with world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan and Denmark’s No. 3 Anders Antonsen now tipped to be the lads to beat.