Momota will compete on the All-Japan nationwide championships in Tokyo later this month earlier than taking part in within the Thailand Open in January following a tough yr during which he feared his profession could be over after fracturing an eye fixed socket within the accident.
“I am nervous however I am actually wanting ahead to it,” mentioned Momota, who was badly damage when the automobile taking him to Kuala Lumpur airport simply hours after he gained the Malaysia Masters was concerned in an accident that killed his driver.
“I am actually wanting ahead to taking part in in opposition to the perfect worldwide gamers after such a very long time.”
Momota admitted his “spirit was virtually damaged” after present process surgical procedure on his eye socket in February, which left him with impaired imaginative and prescient.
However the 26-year-old later declared himself “totally recovered” and refocused his sights on gold on the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Video games.
Momota is hoping to recapture the shape that noticed him win a record-breaking 11 titles final yr as he tries to assert a 3rd straight nationwide crown earlier than heading to Bangkok for the resumption of the badminton world tour.
“I have never performed matches lately so it is tough to know what’s working and what I must work on,” mentioned Momota.
“However because of my sponsors, I have been capable of observe every day with out stress.”
Three postponed tournaments on the tour will likely be performed back-to-back in Thailand in January, with the finals to be held on the finish of that month.
The coronavirus pandemic decimated badminton’s worldwide calendar, with October’s Denmark Open — which Momota didn’t enter due to fears over the virus — the one match since March.
Momota has saved coaching, nevertheless, and even discovered time to supply his companies as a coach on social media, triggering 1000’s of responses.
“There was lots of gloomy information with the coronavirus lately, so I am actually blissful that these tournaments are going down,” he mentioned.
“Sport has the facility to make folks really feel higher, so I need to do my greatest to point out my appreciation and assist give folks a optimistic outlook.”
Momota is one in all Japan’s brightest hopes for a gold medal on the Tokyo Video games, which have been postponed in March over the pandemic and are actually scheduled to start out on July 23, 2021.
He missed the 2016 Rio Olympics after being banned for unlawful playing.