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Sprinter Alex Quiñónez killed in Ecuador

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Alex Quiñónez was at the port city of Guayaquil on Friday when he was shot dead outside of a shopping mall. According to reports, another unnamed person also lost his life along with the famed sprinter. The sprinter finished bronze at the World Athletics Championships that was held in Doha two years ago. Folke Anderson football stadium in Esmeraldas will be hosting Alex’s funeral to celebrate the legacy that the athlete is leaving behind.

Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso also shared condolences for the late star and assured the fans that necessary actions will be taken to find the person behind this.

“We are very sorry for the painful loss of Alex Quiñónez, father, son, a great sprinter who marked the sport. Our sincerest condolences to your loved ones. Rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act forcefully.”

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The country’s sports ministry also issued a statement regarding the 32-year-old’s sudden death.

“Today we lost a great athlete, a person who made us dream, who made us excited. The National Police are at the scene and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He will forever remain in the hearts of all Ecuadorians. Thank you for having invited us to dream big and for the infinite joys that you gave us, you leave a great legacy in Ecuadorian athletics.”

The circumstances around Alex Quiñónez’s death point at something bigger

The Olympic committee is still conducting investigations around his death and suspect a larger scheme. On the same day that Alex’s lost his life, Agnes Tirop, distance star, also lost her life. Surprisingly, Agnes was also a bronze medallist. She claimed the medal at the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships.

The country has been plagued with drug trafficking and a host of other crimes for years now. President Lasso have declared a state of emergency to curb the growing crime rates in the nation.

Highlights

  • Alex Quiñónez and an unnamed shot dead at a shot out outside a shopping centre in Ecuador.
  • Olympic suspects foul activity around the sprinter’s death.
  • Agnes Tirop and Alex Quiñónez, both bronze medallist, lost their lives on the same day.
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