PETALING JAYA: Badminton’s world No. 1 Kento Momota (pic) has been entered for the All-England as Japan make a return to competition.
The Japanese skipped the Asian legs in Thailand and will not be competing in two Olympics qualifiers in Europe due to Covid-19 fears.
In the entry list released by the Badminton World Federation on Friday, their players will be taking part in all events at the All-England (March 17-21).
They however, did not register their players for the Olympics qualifiers – Swiss (March 2-7) and German Opens (March 9-14).
The German Open however, has been cancelled as their government has decided to close its borders.
China and South Korea have decided to skip the prestigious tournament in Birmingham.
Momota, who tested positive for Covid-19 just before traveling to Bangkok last month, will be the top seed in the singles while defending champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is the second seed.
Malaysia will be represented by Lee Zii Jia and Liew Daren. Last year, Zii Jia did well to reach the semi-finals.
In men’s doubles, Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya of Indonesia will also make a return to the All-England after missing the Thai trilogy last month after the latter was tested positive for Covid-19.