KUALA LUMPUR: The company whose van was involved in a crash yesterday is a reputable one and has been associated with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for almost a decade now, according to a BAM official.
The van was ferrying world number one men’s singles shuttler Kento Momota and three officials when it collided with a lorry at about 4.40am at KM13.7 of the Maju Expressway (MEX).
The van driver, Malaysian B. Nageswarau, was killed on the spot.
“The outsourced transportation company has been working with BAM for more than 10 years now,“ BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh said when asked about the transport service provider.
Goh said BAM has been keeping its counterpart, Nippon Badminton Association (NBA), informed on the condition of Momota and officials injured in the crash.
“We will keep them updated on the latest developments through all the channels,” he told Bernama when contacted.
Besides Malaysian ministers Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, who is also a former patron of BAM, Japan’s Ambassador to Malaysia Hiroshi Oka also visited Momota.
The 2018 and 2019 world champion is receiving treatment at Putrajaya Hospital for multiple laceration wounds to the face plus right maxillary sinus and nasal bone fracture.
Kenny said 400 people, namely players, coaches, officials and referees were ferried by the company throughout the six days of the Malaysia Masters 2020 tournament here.
He, however, declined to reveal the service provider’s name.
Meanwhile, the Japanese embassy in a separate statement requested the press not to disturb Momota and the officials who are warded at the Putrajaya Hospital.
“We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please contact us if you have any enquiries,” the statement said.
The others injured are assistant coach Yu Hirayama, 35, (laceration wounds over the right shin), physiotherapist Morimoto Akifumi, 42, (cerebral concussion & fracture) and Hawkeye system operator William Thomas, 30, (laceration wounds on forehead & lower limbs).
The crash happened when Momota was leaving for home after winning the Malaysia Masters title on Sunday. — Bernama