Aprilio Manganang

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Aprilio Manganang
Manganang in 2018
Personal information
Full nameAprilio Perkasa Manganang
BornAprilia Santini Manganang
(1992-04-27) April 27, 1992 (age 31)
HometownTahuna, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside hitter
Current clubIndonesia Bandung BJB Pakuan
2011-2012Indonesia Alko Indramayu
2012-2013Indonesia Jakarta BNI Taplus
2013-2014Indonesia Manokwari Valeria Papua Barat
2014-2017Indonesia Jakarta Elektrik PLN
2018-2019Thailand Supreme VC
2018-2019Indonesia Jakarta PGN Popsivo
2017-2020Indonesia Bandung BJB Pakuan

Aprilio Perkasa Manganang (born Aprilia Santini Manganang; April 27, 1992, in Tahuna, North Sulawesi) is an Indonesian volleyball player who competed as a woman but was later determined to be an intersex male post-retirement. He was a member of Indonesia women's national team.[1] He played in 2019 Women's Volleyball Thai-Denmark Super League for the Supreme Volleyball Club as an import player.[2]

Early life[edit]

Manganang was born in Tahuna, North Sulawesi in Indonesia. He was born with hypospadias, but due to the lack of medical facilities in his hometown he would only be aware of this condition later in life after his volleyball career. He was assigned as female at birth and was raised as a girl. Manganang reportedly felt different than girls of his age.[3]



Manganang played in multiple local club teams in Indonesia and received various tournament awards. With his vertical leap and powerful attacks, he received awards in the Vietnam-based tournament named VTV International Women's Volleyball Cup.[4] He played as an import in Thailand for the Supreme Volleyball Club and won the championship and Most Valuable Player award.[3]

National team[edit]

Manganang represented Indonesia in international volleyball tournaments including the Southeast Asian Games and the 2018 Asian Games. At the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine national team filed a protest which disputed Manganang's gender but was cleared by the FIVB.[5][6]


Manganang announced his retirement from volleyball in September 2020 at age 28.[5] He then entered the Indonesian Army after retiring. It was in February 2021, that he learned of his biological sex and his hypospadias condition. He underwent corrective surgery[3] and had his legal gender changed from female to male, and change his name from "Aprilia Santini" to "Aprilio Perkasa". The Indonesian Volleyball Federation also agreed to not strip the women's volleyball titles won by Manganang saying that he has no fault.[7]





  1. ^ "PH volleyball team loses to Indonesia to settle for eighth place".
  2. ^ "Supreme Chonburi end Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs' unbeaten run". Archived from the original on May 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Putra, Nanda Perdana (March 9, 2021). "TNI AD Pastikan Aprilia Manganang Tentara dan Atlet Voli Perempuan Adalah Laki-Laki". Liputan 6 (in Indonesian).
  4. ^ "VTV Cup: Timnas Putri Indonesia Menang Mudah atas Thailand".
  5. ^ a b Agcaoli, Lance (September 11, 2020). "Indonesia volleyball star Aprilia Manganang announces retirement at age 28". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  6. ^ Valderrama, Aeron Paul (March 16, 2021). "Palou says Romasanta should have supported gender test on Manganang in 2015". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Aprilia Reborn as a Man after 28 Years". Jakarta Globe. March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 26, 2021.