PUTRAYAJA: World Number 1 men’s singles Japanese badminton player, Kento Momota, 26, suffered a broken nose and lacerations to his lips and face in a deadly crash on the Mex Highway near Serdang, early today.
The world champion is, however, in stable condition at the Putrajaya Hospital, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who visited the hospital this morning.
Syed Saddiq added that the three other injured passengers of the van in which Momota was travelling are also in stable condition.
The three are British badminton technical officer Foster William Thomas, 30; Japanese physiotherapist Hirayama Yu, 35; and Japanese assistant coach Morimoto Arkifuki, 42. All three suffered injuries to their faces and legs.
The four were being conveyed to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) when their vehicle rear-ended a 30-tonne lorry at Km13.7 of the highway.
Van driver Bavan a/l Nageswarau, 24, was killed on-the-spot in the 4.45am accident.
Momota won the Malaysia Masters men's singles title at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil here, last night, after defeating former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.