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Caster Semenya Will No Longer Compete at the World Championships

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has reversed the earlier judgment that temporarily suspended the IAAF's testosterone regulations.

It seems that two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya's fight has no near end in sight. After she successfully appealed the IAAF's testosterone regulations and had them temporarily suspended by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, the same court has now overturned its previous decision, according to EWN. Semenya, who has refused to take testosterone-lowering medications, will no longer compete at the Athletics World Championships taking place in Doha this coming September.


Understandably, Semenya has expressed her disappointment at not being able to compete and defend her current 800m title at the upcoming tournament saying, "I am very disappointed to be kept from defending my hard-earned title." She added that, "But this will not deter me from continuing my fight for the human rights of all of the female athletes concerned."

The IAAF, which submitted reasons to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court as to why the testosterone regulations imposed on Semenya should remain in place, has insisted that its stance does not promote gender inequality in the sport. The sporting body has commented on the matter in previous statements saying that their alleged commitment to the "integrity of the sport" is why they are "committed to protecting the rights and opportunities of female athletes".

Semenya's lawyers have vowed fervently that they will continue the fight along with the athlete saying, "We will continue to pursue Caster's appeal and fight for her fundamental human rights. A race is always decided at the finish line."

While the athlete is yet to announce any of her plans for the immediate future, she did hint at stepping into a new chapter of her life on social media:

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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Up-and-coming South African Lyricist Lurah Releases New EP ‘New Drug 2’

Listen to Lurah's new EP.

Cape Town-based rapper Lurah's recently released EP, New Drug 2, is a display of talent and flair. With songs like "For Kids on the Come Up," "Icon Hotel Nights (Interlude)" and "10K" among others, the project is a perfect soundtrack for the come-up as Lurah and his collaborators take you to the trap with them where they are doing their best to conquer the rap game and life in general.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Rema, J Hus, YoungstaCPT, Thutmose, N'veigh and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Former Gambian Beauty Queen Fatou Jallow's Movement Against Sexual Assault Gains Traction

After publicly accusing former President Yahya Jammeh of rape, young women under the #IamToufah banner are standing against sexual assault in the country.

A few months ago, former Gambian beauty queen Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow publicly accused former President Yahya Jammeh of rape. The 23-year-old alleged that Jammeh had raped her following her refusal of his marriage proposal during his time in office back in 2015. Under the leadership of current President Adama Barrow, The Gambian government established the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which is now investigating human rights violations during Jammeh's tenure. Jallow, who is testifying at the commission, has spurred a movement where young women are taking a stand against sexual assault in the country under the #IamToufah banner.

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