Kento’s Momota is in danger of being given the red card even before the Rio Olympics 2016 after admitting to gambling at an illegal casino in Japan.
The current World No.4 at only a tender age of 21, who last August became the first Japanese man to win a world championship medal with a bronze medal in Jakarta. He and his team-mate Kenichi Tago could face the music if found guilty by the country’s ruling body.
Both of them wagered at the Tokyo casino, which had since closed after police raids, Kyodo News reported.
Nippon Badminton Association secretary general Kinji Zeniya told Kyodo it would “probably be impossible” for the former world junior champion to compete at the Aug. 5-21 Games if the allegations were proven.
It will be a big waste if Momota couldn’t make to this year’s Olympic because this will be Lee Chong Wei and also Lin Dan last Olympic appearance.
Should the young Momota be given another chance?