The badminton player from Japan, Kento Momota has announced his decision to withdraw from the Grand Slam Denmark Open 2020. Obviously, this decision makes the competition even more unattractive to watch.
For information, the Badminton World Federation, BWF has actually agreed to continue to hold the Denmark Open 2020 event, even though the Thomas and Uber Cup 2020 tournaments have been postponed until 2021.
If there are no obstacles, the grand Slam competition in Denmark will be rolled out from 13 October to 18 October. The plan is that Odense Sportspark will be the venue during this competition.
Since last Wednesday (30/09), a draw for the preliminary round has also been held.
Several athletes’ names adorned the drawing round, including Carolina Marin, Anders Antonsen, Gabriela Stoeva, and the king of men’s singles, Kento Momota.
The badminton athletes do not seem affected by the withdrawal of a number of favorite candidates in the Grand Slam event, including Indonesia and China.
However, only 10 days before the tournament was held, the situation got even worse. It is the athlete from Japan, Kento Momota, who is considered one of the seeds, even decided to withdraw from this tournament.
The resignation of Kento Momota was also followed by 14 other contestants from Japan. Reporting from Kyodo News, Momota and Japanese badminton’s decision to withdraw from the Denmark Open cannot be separated from the conditions of the corona virus pandemic.
One of the sources from the Japanese badminton association who did not wish to be named, they are worried about the increasing number of corona cases in Europe.
Obviously, Kento Momota’s decision will greatly affect public interest in the Danish open event later. Thus, the number of contestants is decreasing so that the competition for champions becomes unattractive to watch.
In fact, for Kento Momota himself this is a decision that is also detrimental to himself, considering that he has been absent since last January due to injury.
In fact, in his first match Kento Momota will face a Canadian Debut contestant, Brian.