Thursday, December 2

Barça athlete Alex Quiñónez, shot dead in Guayaquil

  • The Ecuadorian sprinter, world champion bronze in 200 two years ago, dies at 32

Alex Quinonez, an Ecuadorian athlete for Barça and bronze in 200 meters at the 2019 World Athletics World Cup, was killed on Friday in Guayaquil.

Barça expressed their “condolences” on social media for the death of the 32-year-old sprinter, who had competed as a Barça player since 2018. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Sports regretted the tragic death of “the best sprinter in the history of our country” . A lament that was also joined by athletes like his compatriot Richard Carapaz, who this summer finished third on the Tour and was an Olympic cycling champion in Tokyo. “I can’t believe it, how long are we going to continue living so much evil and insecurity,” he cried Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, when confirming on Twitter the death of the sprinter

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The athlete and a friend of his were shot on the fourth day of the state of emergency declared by the country’s president, Guillermo Lasso, to try to stop the increase in crime. Joint operations between the military and the police have been concentrated in various areas of Ecuador, especially Guayaquil, where there have been several violent deaths in recent weeks.

Quiñónez, who claimed bronze in 200 at the 2019 Doha World Cup, was a finalist at the London 2012 Games. In Tokyo he was unable to compete after the International Olympic Committee suspended him after failing to appear for an anti-doping control.

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