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Caster Semenya Has Been Denied Entry into the 800m Race in Morocco

This is in spite of the Swiss Federal Tribunal's rejection of the IAAF's urgent application to have the testosterone regulations imposed on the athlete reinstated.

There seems to be no end in sight to the constant frustration and humiliation that Caster Semenya has had to endure. After the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) ruled in her favor and suspended the IAAF's decision to force the athlete to take testosterone-lowering drugs in order for her to compete in addition to rejecting the sporting body's urgent application to have the regulations reinstated, Semenya is still not allowed to compete in the upcoming Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco.


The Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (RMAF) has disappointed many after they rejected Semenya's request to run in Morocco this weekend. They have also not given any reason as to why they rejected her request. The athlete and her lawyers are currently seeking clarity on why exactly the RMAF has violated the SFT's ruling.

The IAAF (never without something to say) has piped in and told Reuters that they are not behind the RMAF's recent decision. Apparently, they have no say in who is allowed to compete in the Diamond League meeting.

They also added that:

"The IAAF continues to comply with the Swiss Federal Tribunal's order dated 31 May to suspend the DSD Regulations in as far as they apply to the appellant...It should be noted that the Diamond League meetings are not organised by the IAAF...Entry for any athlete into a Diamond League meeting is by invitation only from the meeting organizer."

Neither the RMAF nor any of its affiliates have offered any comment with regards to their disappointing decision.

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Sudan has Returned Internet Access—But to Just One Individual

With the exception of a lawyer who won his court case against the country's telecoms operator, the country is still without internet access.

Sudan has been experiencing severe internet restrictions, over the past three weeks, which have almost entirely resulted in an internet shutdown. This comes after a deadly crackdown by the military in Khartoum which resulted in over 100 Sudanese protesters losing their lives.

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The WAV 2019: 10 Artists Shaping the Future of South African Music

Welcome to the new wave.

It's here! Today we are launching OkayAfrica's first annual "South African New WAV"—our annual round-up of the most exciting young SA music artists.

For Youth Month, we've picked the 10 singers/rappers/producers who we think will define the sound of SA for years to come.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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