Badminton: Enjoying a second lease of life, Japan's world No. 1 Kento Momota eyes long reign at the top

Japan's Kento Momota hits a return against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie (not pictured) during their men's singles match at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 4, 2019.
Japan's Kento Momota hits a return against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie (not pictured) during their men's singles match at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on April 4, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - Reaching badminton's summit, particularly after all the obstacles he had to overcome, is only the first step for Kento Momota as he seeks to dominate the sport in the same way his idols Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei once did.

The Kagawa native is the reigning world, Asian and All England champion - all firsts for a Japanese male shuttler - and will be among the favourites at next year's Tokyo Olympics on home soil.

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