HARARE, Zimbabwe -- A Zimbabwean court has jailed a man masquerading as a female athlete, court officials said on Thursday.
Samukeliso Sithole -- a triple jumper and runner who
competed as a woman at several international sports events --
was convicted on charges of impersonation and offending the
dignity of a woman athlete who undressed in his presence,
unaware he was a man.
"He was sentenced to four years imprisonment, but six months
were suspended. Effectively he will serve three-and-a-half
years," said a court official in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe, where
the case was heard.
Sithole won a gold medal at a regional tournament in
Botswana in June last year and won five medals at a youth
championship in Mauritius. He also competed in javelin and
Sithole told the court at his first appearance that he had
both female and male organs and that he lived as a woman after
consulting a traditional healer. A medical examination showed
that he was a man.