There is no doubt that the world badminton body would have been influenced by the compulsion of holding these three tournaments in a delayed Olympic qualification year, and also by the fact that other sports like tennis and cricket have been holding major events successfully, without causing a spike in Covid-positive cases.
Momota was looking to make his international comeback in Bangkok after almost a year out following a car crash that left him with serious injuries.
Kento Momota came from behind to beat world number 11 Kanta Tsuneyama 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in Tokyo, marking a successful return from the accident that left him fearing his career might be over after fracturing an eye socket.
Momota beat Koshiro Moriguchi 21-12, 21-14 in the first round, marking his return from the accident that left him fearing his career might be over after fracturing an eye socket.
Momota will compete at the All-Japan national championships in Tokyo in late December before playing in the Thailand Open early in January
Kento Momota's coaching offer - for just two lucky students - attracted a flood of applicants, ranging from parents applying for their children to fellow sports stars.
Badminton Asia 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty's clutch doubles win sees Indian men beat Thailand to set up Indonesia clash
The twist in the tale was provided by India’s erstwhile premier singles player, Kidambi Srikanth, who shrugged off his 20-22, 14-21 defeat at the hands of world junior champion
Japan's Kento Momota ruled out for three months following eye surgery, set to miss All England Championships
Momota, one of Japan’s major hopes for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, also suffered facial lacerations and a nasal fracture when the van he was travelling in crashed into a truck on 13 January, killing the van driver.
Praneeth, who won a bronze in the world championships at Basel in 2019, said apart from his performance at the worlds he had also played some good matches in the year gone by.
Badminton World number one Kento Momota discharged after receiving treatment for injuries in an accident
Momota, who won the Malaysia Masters on Sunday before the crash, is expected to be one of Japan’s biggest hopes for gold at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Kento Momota was injured in a pre-dawn vehicle collision in Malaysia on Monday, just hours after he secured his first victory of the season at the Malaysia Masters.
Malaysia Masters 2020: PV Sindhu and Co look to start new year on positive note at Super 500 tournament
Sixth seed Sindhu faces Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the first round and will look to stay on course for an expected clash with World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals
Badminton in 2019, Part 2: PV Sindhu’s World Championship triumph sole redeeming feature of forgettable year for India
Sindhu ended 2019 at the sixth spot in the Badminton World Federation rankings, with 72,914 points from participation in 18 World Tour tournaments, with her sole title coming at the World Championships
BWF World Tour Finals 2019: PV Sindhu must find top gear to defend title; Kento Momota overwhelming favourite in men's singles
PV Sindhu would not have been part of the 'elite eight' at World Tour Finals had it not have been for her World Championships win earlier this year. Now, she will quickly need to step up her game as she walks into the tournament on the back of a streak of dismal results.
The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has been nominated for the 'Most Improved Player of the Year' award by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after a stellar season
Hong Kong Open exit proves Kidambi Srikanth is yet to find form which helped him to four Superseries titles in 2017
Srikanth has seen his BWF (Badminton World Federation) ranking drop steadily from the pinnacle of the charts last year to a present level of World No 13
Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth pays the price for going against grain in straight-games loss to Lee Cheuk Yiu
None benefit from going against the grain of their being. In the past, Kidambi Srikanth had shone for his unceasing aggressive play where his smashes came like pile-drivers, predictably slotted down the line and yet, unreturnable for the likes of World No 1 players Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei.
Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth beats countryman Sourabh Verma to enter quarter-finals; HS Prannoy, PV Sindhu ousted
Former world No 1 Srikanth, who slipped to the 13th spot in the latest BWF rankings this week, notched up a 21-11 15-21 21-19 win over compatriot Sourabh Verma in the men's singles second round.
Sai Praneeth, who had won bronze at the World Championships in August, moved to top 10 while Srikanth, who was at 10th in the previous week, dropped out of the top bracket.
Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth advances after Kento Momota's sudden exit; Sourabh Verma qualifies for main draw
Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men's singles second round without playing a shot after his opponent Kento Momota's pull-out while Sourabh Verma entered the main draw of the Hong Kong Open after clinching straight-game wins in his two qualifying clashes in Hong Kong on Tuesday.