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RIP Olympian Eya Guezguez

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It is with great sadness that we learnt about the tragic death of the 17-yearold Tunisian sailor, Eya Guezguez from an accident during training off the coast of Tunis in April.

She had been training with her twin sister Sarra, who partnered her in the 49er FX category at the Tokyo Olympics held last year, when their boat capsized in rough water. Eya unfortunat­ely died but Sarra managed to survive.

Paying homage to the young Olympian, Internatio­nal Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said. “She was a role model for her athletes’ generation. Her participat­ion at Tokyo 2020, alongside her twin sister Sarra, will continue to motivate girls everywhere. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the Olympic community in Tunisia.”

NA joins the millions of Tunisians and other Africans, as well as her family, friends and teammates, to pay homage to and mourn this young talent, taken at the flowering of her unique skills.

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