Barça athlete Alex Quiñónez, murdered in Guayaquil

  • The Ecuadorian sprinter, world champion bronze in 200 two years ago, was shot

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

“I can’t believe it, until when are we going to continue living such evil and insecurity,” claimed Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, confirming on Twitter the death of the 32-year-old sprinter. Barça has also expressed its “condolences” on social networks for the death.

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Quiñónez and a friend of his were shot dead by unknown persons on the fourth day of a 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 in Guayaquil, where there have been several violent deaths in recent weeks. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Sports regretted the tragic death of “the best sprinter in the history of our country.”

Quiñónez, who claimed bronze in 200 at the 2019 Doha World Cup, was unable to compete this year at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee suspended his participation after failing to appear for an anti-doping test.

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