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Caster Semenya Loses Landmark Case Against the IAAF Over Controversial Testosterone Rules

"The decision of Cas will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world," says the athlete.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has rejected South African Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya's, challenge agains the IAAF's implementation of a new eligibility requirement that would force female athletes with naturally higher testosterone levels to either take medication in order to compete or to compete in other races , BBC Sport reports.

Last June, Semenya took legal action against the board, calling the rule discriminatory and unfair. "I just want to run naturally, the way I was born," said the 28-year-old athlete at the time.


The South African government launched the #NaturallySuperior movement in February to support the athlete and her right to compete as she is. The Minister of Sport, Toko Xasa, described the requirements as being a "gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights."

Despite the rule's apparent bias, Cas has ruled in favor of the IAAF.

In a statement on Wednesday, Cas claimed it had "serious concerns as to the future practical application of the rule." It admitted that the rule is, in fact, discriminatory, but claimed the discrimination was "necessary, reasonable and proportionate" to protect "the integrity of female athletics."

In response to the ruling, Semenya criticized the IAAF for consistently targeting her, but noted that she has no intention of letting the ruling stop her. "For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger," said the athlete. "The decision of Cas will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world."

Earlier today, the athlete tweeted a graphic, which read "sometimes it's better to react with no reaction."

Many online have expressed anger about the ruling, with several calling out the IAAF for its treatment of Semenya throughout the years. Several are pointing out the unjust racial and gender dynamics that have surrounded the federation's decision.












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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring KiDi, M.anifest, Joey B, Kofi Mole and more.

The month of May in the Ghana music scene was definitely it. Despite the pandemic, we're still being blessed with music release upon music release, and very much to our pleasure. This month saw two projects from Ghana's A-listers, a couple trap anthems, and classy visuals from a couple of Ghana's young stars on the come up. We bring you a list of some of the best songs to come from Ghana this month. Check them out below.

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The 17 Best South African Songs of the Month (May)

The best South African songs featuring Langa Mavuso, Maraza, Kwesta, Hunter Rose, Moonga K and more.

Here are the South African songs that caught our attention this month. This list includes songs and music videos that were released this month.

Follow our MZANSI HEAT playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Listen to Yemi Alade's New Song 'Boyz'

The Nigerian star is back with another dance-worthy track.

Yemi Alade returns with her new single 'Boyz.' The song is the first release from her upcoming project.

'Boyz' is a dance-worthy track, produced by Vtek. As it's title implies, it sees the prolific artist singing about, well, boys—the types she likes, and the types she doesn't, a top booming production.

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Former Politician Ladislas Ntaganzwa Convicted for Role in Rwandan Genocide

The ex-mayor has been sentenced to life for plotting and ordering the killing of thousands of Tutsis during Rwanda's 1994 genocide.