The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE) confirmed this Monday that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) has ratified the suspension for one year of the Ecuadorian athlete Alex Quiñónez, who hoped to participate in the 200 meters at the Tokyo Games.
The COE indicated in his account of Twitter that it is official that “Álex Quiñónez will not be able to compete for Ecuador in Tokyo 2020, in the 200 meter dash”, because on July 26, the CAS informed the athlete that it will not grant the suspension to the sanction applied by the IOC on June 25th.
However, the Ministry of Sports of Ecuador, after learning of the TAS decision sent a message to the athlete: “Cheer up, Alex! You will surely come back stronger.”
Former COE press officer Tonny Montoya explained that each high-performance athlete must “place their location information in the application of the World Anti-Doping Control Agency for the case controls” and that “in one year Alex failed to comply 3 times with the rule”.
The 31-year-old sprinter was one of Ecuador’s great hopes to try to add an Olympic medal, as the athlete was one of the first to complete the mark and to be awarded a passport to Tokyo.
However, sources close to Quiñónez have assured that a communication error has taken its toll and prevents him from acting in his discipline, after considering that the sanction is due to the fact that his location was not coordinated with the IOC Anti-Doping Agency, as established by the respective standard.
The Ecuadorian also qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, in which he entered the final phase of the event and placed seventh.
In the 2019 Diamond League, from Laussana (Switzerland), he finished second behind American Noah Lyles, who ran the 200 meters in 19.50 seconds, while Quiñónez set an Ecuadorian record with 19.87 seconds.
On the other hand, the COE indicated that David Hurtado, classified to participate in the 20-kilometer Olympic walk test, is waiting for the last tests to see if he manages to recover, once he tested positive for covid-19 .