World’s top badminton player injured in car accident that killed driver

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Top-ranked badminton player Kento Momota suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a car accident that killed a driver in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, according to the World Badminton Federation (BWF).

A van carrying Momota and others crashed into a truck around 5 a.m., according to Kyodo News.

Momota, the 2018 and 2019 World singles champion, sustained face lacerations and a sinus and nasal bone fracture. He is in a stable condition after being taken to a hospital.

Three others involved — a Japanese team assistant coach, physiotherapist and Hawkeye system operator — are also in stable condition.

Momota was headed to the airport after winning the Malaysia Masters tournament, according to Kyodo.