Kento Momota Nominated for the Laureus Sports Awards 2020

By: Sandhya
Date: 26 Feb, 2021
Image Courtesy: GoBadminton

Japanese superstar Kento Momota has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards for the year 2020. Momota has been nominated for the World Comeback of the Year category, for reclaiming his top spot at the head of the Badminton pecking order after suffering from a horrific accident in January 2020.


The Olympic Gold Medallist almost quit the sport following the accident, but then changed his mind to continue his quest for glory at the upcoming Olympics in his own country.


“At the time I thought of giving it all up,"


"After my accident I couldn't move at all, and I was striving to recover my fitness. Then the eye issue occurred and I was grappling with whether to have surgery or not," Momota said back in March 2020.


He had also suffered a bout of Corona Virus in January, and is now expected to make his much awaited return to the sport at the European circuit starting in March.


Momota is a two-time world champion, Olympic Gold Medallist and also holds the record for the most badminton men’s singles title wins in a season. He had won a staggering 11 titles in 2019.


Also, nominated alongside the Momota is Naomi Osaka, the only other Asian in the list of nominees for this year’s awards.


In its, 22nd the Laureus Sport Awards will be a reflection of the unique challenges that sports, and sportspersons have had to face because of the global corona virus pandemic. And it will also reflect the hope and influence that sports has on the society in such difficult times, proving once again that sport can change the world for the better, the organizers said.

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