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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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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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