17-year-old Olympic sailor dies after vessel capsizes in tragic accident with twin sister

Olympian Eya Guezguez has died following a tragic accident while training at sea on Sunday. The 17-year-old was practicing alongside twin sister Sarra when their vessel capsized due to strong winds. 

Guezguez competed alongside her sister for Tunisia at Tokyo 2020 last year. Sarra survived the incident. 

IOC president Thomas Bach said: “I am shocked by the news of sailor Eya Guezguez’s death. She was an inspiring talent and role model for her athletes’ generation.

“Eya Guezguez’s 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.”

The Guezguez sisters finished 21st in the 49er FX event at Tokyo 2020, It is believed Eya had hopes of competing at the Paris Games in two years’ time. 

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