Japanese badminton star Kento Momota on his way home after treatment at Malaysia hospital

The world's number one men's singles player was among the four passengers travelling in a van to the airport on Monday

The badminton world number one Kento Momota was released from a hospital in Malaysia and was on his way back home on Wednesday. The Japanese badminton star received treatment at the hospital for the injuries he incurred due to a vehicle collision.

A photographer of Reuters spotted the badminton star at the security checks in Kuala Lumpur airport. The 25-year-old Japanese player won the Malaysia Masters on Sunday.

Kento Momota
Kento Momota with the trophy Twitter/BWF

The world's top-ranked men's singles player was among four passengers in a van travelling to the airport on Monday when it crashed into the back of a 30-tonne truck, injuring them and killing the driver of the van.

Momota suffered multiple lacerations to his face and a nasal bone fracture, the Badminton World Federation said. Momota is expected to be one of Japan's biggest hopes for gold at this year's Tokyo Olympics.

(With agency inputs)