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DOHA, QATAR - MAY 03: Caster Semenya of South Africa looks on prior to competing in the Women's 800 metres during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Caster Semenya to Appeal Discriminatory Testosterone Ruling At Swiss Supreme Court

The star athlete will ask the court to "set aside the decision of Cas in its entirety."

Caster Semenya isn't backing down.

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected her challenge of its controversial testosterone rules earlier this month—which will force women with naturally higher levels of testosterone to either take medication or compete in different races—the Olympic gold medalist, has now filed an appeal in the Swiss Supreme Court, BBC Sport reports.

Semenya will urge to court to "set aside the decision of the Cas in its entirety," according to a statement. The athlete referred to the case as a matter of protecting "fundamental human rights."

"I am a woman and world-class athlete," said 28-year-old Semenya. "The IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am."


Semenya lost the landmark case against the testosterone rule earlier this month, when Cas determined that the decision was "necessary, reasonable and proportionate" to protect "the integrity of female athletics."

Several online rallied behind the athlete following the ruling, using the hashtag #JustDoItForCaster. Many supporters spoke out against it, calling it discriminatory and yet another case of the accomplished South African Athlete being targeted by sports institutions, as she has been throughout her decade-long career.

The athlete echoed this sentiment in early May when Cas' decision to reject her challenge was announced. "For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of Cas will not hold me back," she said. "I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world."

"The IAAF regulations violate the most fundamental principles of Swiss public policy," said lawyer Dorothee Schramm who will be leading Semenya's appeal. "In the race for justice, human rights must win over sporting interests."

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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

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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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