Badminton star Momota from Fukushima town wins Guinness honor for 11 annual wins

Kento Momota, a graduate from Tomioka High School in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Tomioka, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as winner of "the most badminton men's singles titles in a season," earning the honor for his 11 victories in international tournaments last year, his management agency UDN SPORTS announced on Nov. 17. The 26-year-old Momota, belonging to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corp., was named the Male Player of the Year for 2019 by the Badminton World Federation as he won last year's BWF World Championships for the second straight year, a world first for a Japanese player, and five successive international tournaments, among other victories. He is deemed certain to be chosen as a Japanese national badminton team member for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. "It's an honor and great privilege. I'm happy to have my name listed in a famous book everybody knows," Momota said. "I was able to establish the record thanks to the help of people around me. I would like to continue to enjoy playing without forgetting gratitude." Momota was injured in a traffic accident involving a car in which he was traveling in Kuala Lumpur last January after winning the Malaysia Masters championship. With time out prolonged by the new coronavirus pandemic, his return to play will start with Japan's national badminton championships opening in Machida, suburban Tokyo, on Dec. 21. (Translated by Kyodo News)