Oct. 23 (Reuters) – Ecuador’s World Championship bronze medalist Alex Quinonez was killed on Friday in his hometown of Guayanquil, the country’s sports ministry said on Saturday.
Guayaquil-based El Universo newspaper said Quinonez, who was 32, and another individual were shot dead at around 9:20 p.m. in the city’s northwest on Friday.
Quinonez won bronze in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and reached the final of the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London. He was suspended in July ahead of the Tokyo Olympics for anti-doping whereabouts failure.
“With great sadness we confirm the murder of our sportsman Alex Quinonez,” the country’s Sports Ministry said on Twitter.
“We lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us … he was the greatest sprinter this country has produced.”
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso expressed his condolences and noted the murder “will not go unpunished”. Earlier this month, Lasso declared a 60-day state of emergency in the face of growing crime in the country. Read more
Quinonez’s death marks the second murder of an international athlete this month after Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop was found stabbed in her home. Read more
Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar
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