Ramsey Angela looks dejected after competing for the Netherlands in the 4 x 400m men's relay at the European Athletics Championships in Rome. | Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Will anyone represent Team LGBTQ in men’s track and field at the Paris Olympics?

It’s a fair question after it was confirmed that Marc Tur — who competed for Spain in racewalking at the last Games — has failed to make it this year.

Tur was one of just three out gay men in athletics at the 2021 Tokyo Games. The other two were Britain’s Tom Bosworth and the Netherlands’ Ramsey Angela.

Bosworth has retired while Angela is highly unlikely to qualify.

Tur finished fourth in the 50km walk three years ago, missing out on a medal by just nine seconds in the brutal heat of Sapporo.

In the aftermath of his impressive showing at the Olympics, a screenshot of a post about Pride by Tur on his personal Facebook page was shared more widely — something the athlete welcomed at the time.

He tweeted: “I’m not one of the first gay Olympians to say it. But by giving more visibility, nor do I hope to be one of the last.”

Now 29, the Ibizan was fighting hard to return to the Games. However, the odds were not in his favor after the 50km walk was dropped from the list of events, replaced by a marathon race walk mixed relay.

Competition for places on the Spanish delegation is fierce and Tur hasn’t made the preselection, reports La Voz de Ibiza.

Meanwhile, Bosworth — who finished 25th in the 20km racewalk in 2021, having been sixth at Rio 2016 — won’t be in Paris either.

He retired in August 2022 following the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where he placed seventh in the 10,000 meters walk.

As for Angela, he unexpectedly came away from Tokyo with a silver medal three years ago, as part of the Dutch 4×400 meters relay team which finished second in the final behind the United States.

During the Games, it emerged that he had been posting photos on Instagram with his boyfriend for at least six months previously.

However, in disappointing news, the 24-year-old now appears highly unlikely to feature in Paris.

With the team having only finished 10th in their heat at the World Relays in the Bahamas in May, in a time of 3:03.24, the pressure was on the Dutch team at the European Championships in Rome last week.

But they ran an even slower time in their heat — 3:03.50 — and failed to make the final.

There was initially hope of a reprieve after Angela’s teammate Isaya Klein Ikkink claimed he was impeded by a British athlete, but the appeal was rejected.

The Dutch team have been trying to oust Zambia from the final qualifying berth before the June 30 cut-off point.

However, the Zambians ran 2:59.12 in March — a much faster time — and Angela’s teammate Terrence Agard appeared to admit the game was up. “We actually got into shape too late,” he said. “Everyone has been searching a bit in recent weeks.”

The absence of Tur, Bosworth and Angela in Paris has wider significance when you consider there were just 17 out gay or bi men competing at the Tokyo Olympics, in an overall tally of 186 athletes publicly known to be part of Team LGBTQ+.

That equated to a percentage of just over 9%.

For those who would like to see improved representation among male participants at Paris 2024, retaining as many names as possible from the Outsports list three years ago seems crucial.

But there is still hope for track and field, not least because Nico Young will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore.

There is a strong chance, of course, that other out men in athletics will come to wider attention before or during Paris 2024. That was the case with both Angela and Tur.

Overall, so far, Outsports is aware of at least eight out male athletes who have definitely qualified for the Paris Olympics.

They are Tom Daley, Robbie Manson, Jack Woolley, Nick Albiero, Campbell Harrison, Rayan Dutra, Dan Jervis and Carl Hester.