Thursday, February 10, 2005

Witch-doctor’s spell backfired, says transvestite

Here is some news from Africa:
A transvestite who is being prosecuted after winning medals and titles in women's athletics events has blamed a witch-doctor's faulty spell.
A Bulawayo court heard that Samukaliso Sithole, a Zimbabwean who competed in domestic and regional competitions for women, was actually a man. Sithole faces charges of psychological offence, reported the state-run Herald newspaper.
Prosecutors allege Sithole offended the dignity and sexuality of a woman who befriended him, confided in him and felt comfortable being naked around him, while believing him to be female.
Sithole was identified to her as a man by an acquaintance when he was among a group of women preparing to travel by train to an athletics meeting. Sithole tried to sprint away but was caught, and police supervised a medical exam. ...
The world athletics body no longer conducts gender determination tests, and the Olympic movement ceased these in 1999. The International Olympic Committee legally recognises transsexuals provided hormone therapy ceased at least two years ago.
I didn't know that the Olympics allows transsexuals to compete as women.

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