Japan’s Kento Momota,:- the reigning champion of badminton’s last two matches, has decided to pull out of the BWF World Badminton Championships, starting on Sunday, due to timely recovery from a back injury.
Momota is suffering from a back problem
The BWF World Badminton Championships are starting in Spain on Sunday 12 December. In this tournament being held after waiting for two years, this time the men’s singles veteran Japanese player Kento Momota (B) will not be visible. World number two Momota of Japan withdrew from the tournament just days before the start of the tournament due to injury. Momota is suffering from back problems for some time now.
World Badminton Federation Momota decides to pull out of the tournament due to injury
The World Badminton Federation (BWF) informed in a statement on Wednesday 8 December that defending champion and two-time superstar Japanese player Momota was out of the tournament. BWF told. “BWF can confirm this news. World number two and men’s singles defending champion Kento Momota has decided to pull out of the tournament due to injury. Momota also pulled out of last week’s BWF World Tour Finals 2021 due to a back injury and has returned to Japan.
A disappointing end to the year for Momota
Momota, who failed to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics this year, has not ended the year on such a good note. Momota, 27, had pulled out of his Group A opening match against India’s Lakshya Sen at the World Tour Finals in Bali, Indonesia, due to a back injury sustained during training. In this way, he missed out on winning titles in the three biggest tournaments of the year, the Tokyo Olympics, World Tour Finals, and World Championships.
India’s hopes on Sindhu
The tournament will start on December 12 in Huelva, Spain and once again the eyes and hopes of all Indians will be on PV Sindhu. Sindhu is the current champion in women’s singles. He created history by winning the title at the World Championships held in Basel in 2019. She became the first Indian player to do so. There is no other Indian player in women’s singles other than Sindhu. In men’s singles, 2019 bronze medalists B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, and 20-year-old Lakshya Sen will present the challenge. Whereas in men’s doubles, Indian hopes are mainly on the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, while in women’s doubles it will be on Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy.