Barely a week after the murder of Kenya’s Agnes Tirop, Ecuadorian 2012 Summer Olympics athlete, Álex Quiñónez was killed Friday in the port city of Guayaquil (southwest) , where he lived, for reasons still being investigated.
The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation , in a Twitter message in which he expressed the immense pain caused by the death of Quiñónez, a 32-year-old born in the province of Esmeraldas (northwest).
“My heart is totally shattered, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” Ibáñez wrote on his social network account.
“I cannot believe it, until when are we going to continue living so much evil and insecurity,” added the sports leader, referring to the fact that the city of Guayaquil has become the focus of the rise in delinquency and crime.
“Rest in peace dear Alex, I’m going to miss you all my life,” concluded Ibáñez.
According to unofficial sources, Quiñónez and a friend of his, Jojairo Arcalla , were shot dead by unknown persons, in the area known as Colinas de la Florida, in Guayaquil.
Social networks in Ecuador ignited with the news of the murder of Quiñónez, which occurred 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 several provinces of Ecuador, especially in the coastal area of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, where there have been several violent deaths in recent weeks.
The Ministry of Sports also reacted to the death of Quiñónez and remarked that “the best sprinter in the history of our country” was assassinated . That State portfolio, in a statement, reported that the competent authorities are investigating the case and expressed its condolences to the athlete’s family, friends and fellow athletes.
Quiñónez was unable to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this year , following a decision by the International Olympic Committee, which suspended his participation after failing to report for a routine doping control. The athlete appealed the ruling, but the sanction was upheld and he could not be registered for Tokyo.
With records of 10.09 seconds in the 100 meters and 19.87 in the 200 , Quiñónez has been the best Ecuadorian in the discipline and reached fifth place in the Diamond League in 2019, when he also reached third place in that year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha.
His record includes a series of trophies as champion in Pan American, Latin American, South American and Bolivarian games , among others.