It is with deep pain that we confirm the assassination of our athlete, Alex QuinonezThe ministry wrote on its Twitter account.
Quinonez was a specialist in the 200 metres, a discipline in which he won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, He was defeated by Canadian Andre de Grasse And American Noah Lyles.
A police source said he was found dead near midnight (local time) on Friday, adding that Quinonez was shot while he was with another person who also died.
We lost a great athlete, someone who made us dream, who moved us, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Sports explained in a statement posted on Twitter, describing it
The best runner in the history of our country.
Ecuadorean President Guillermo Laso also praised him on Twitter.
Our sincere condolences to his loved ones. May he rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadoreans will not go unpunished. We will act hard, he wrote.
Andrea Sotomayor, general secretary of the Ecuadorean Olympic Committee, expressed his outrage.
She wrote: “I don’t know how to express the sadness, the dismay, and the indignation that befell me. Alex was a model of humility and an excellent example of resilience. His disappearance hurts us.
Alex Quinonez, who missed the last Olympics in Tokyo, participated in the 200-meter final of the 2012 Olympics, which was held in London.