March 1, 2024


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Olympic sailor Ia Guisegiz dies in training accident at age 17

Olympic sailor Ia Guisegiz dies in training accident at age 17

Eya Guezguez died while training with a 49er FX Olympic sailboat like the one we saw above. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Tunisian Olympic navigator Ia Guizkiz died on Sunday when her boat capsized while she was training with her twin sister Sarah. She was 17 years old.

The International Olympic Committee announced her death on Monday. Sarah survived the accident. The International Olympic Committee noted that strong winds caused the boat to capsize.

“I am shocked by the news of the death of sailor Ia Goezquez,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in a statement. “She was an inspiring talent and role model for a generation of athletes.”

“Guezguez’s participation in Tokyo 2020 alongside her twin sister Sarah will continue to motivate girls everywhere. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the Olympic community in Tunisia.”

in the GuardianThe head of the Tunisian Olympic Committee, Mehrez Boussian, told a local radio station that the accident occurred off the coast of the Tunisian capital, Tunis, in the Mediterranean. BBC reports Bossian said Guygues’ coach was at their side in a speedboat when the accident happened. According to the report, he helped Sarah disengage with the rigs after the boat capsized and later locate Eva in the water. Try to revive her with CPR. She was later pronounced dead by drowning at a local hospital, according to the report.

May God have mercy on the deceased, have mercy on her in heaven, and grant her family, relatives and all members of the sports family patience and solace. Committee statement It reads, per translation by the guard.

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The Guezguez sisters competed in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, finishing 21st in the FX 49er event. The 49er FX is a class of small dinghy boats Requires a crew of two people to operate. According to the BBC, Gizegiz was the youngest Tunisian rider at the Tokyo Olympics.