Japanese shuttler Momota, 26, fractured his nostril and proper eye socket, and sustained a number of lacerations to his face after the van he was travelling in crashed right into a truck in January final yr.
The accident, which killed the van driver, occurred hours after Momota had secured his first victory of the season on the Malaysia Masters.
“For me, getting by that crash was an enormous factor; my outlook on life actually modified after that,” Momota, who is ready to return to elite-level competitors at this week’s All England Open, informed BBC.
“I ended taking with no consideration the on a regular basis issues that I used to be capable of do in life. I by no means actually considered quitting the game however I did fear that I’d be left unable to play it anymore.
“I used to be additionally capable of rediscover the enjoyment in badminton.”
Momota mentioned he doesn’t really feel the strain of being one in every of Japan’s main hopes for a gold medal on the Video games, which had been postponed by a yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I will simply do the very best I can and never take heed to another voices round me,” he mentioned. “I simply wish to go for that gold medal to develop the profile of badminton in my nation.”