Zimbabwean sprinter Marvin Bheka, has been sentenced for 30 months in jail for drug dealing.
The 31-year-old, who ran on the European circuit and reached the 100 metres final at last year’s Welsh Athletics Championships, admitted at Cardiff Crown Court in July of being in possession of cocaine with intent to supply
Bheka’s jailing, leaves the children’s charity he was setting up in limbo.The charity’s development officer said it is now “on hold” until late 2019.
Last year, Bheka shifted his attention to establishing a charity named Mavhiri Cares – based on his sprinting nickname of Mavhiri, meaning “wheels” – with the aim to “change lives, change communities and change the world”.
Its motto stated that: “It is our vision to get every kid and young adult hooked on sport in one form or another, be it participation, volunteering and careers in the sport industry.”
He competed at last year’s Welsh Athletics 100th Outdoor Senior Championships at Cardiff International Sports Campus, finishing fifth in the 100m final in 10.74sec.
British coach Ray Gibbins who was known to him said the athlete’s conviction had shocked him.
“He was a lovely outgoing guy and told me about the charity. I roomed with him during warm weather training in Portugal,” said Gibbins.