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The IAAF Denies Wanting to Classify Intersex Athlete Caster Semenya as Male

The body says it rejects reports of it wanting the South African intersex athlete to be classified as 'biologically male'.

There have been widely circulated reports that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) wants South African 800m Olympic gold-medalist, Caster Semenya, to be classified as 'biologically male'. The IAAF, however, has emphatically rejected these reports.


It has been an arduous sporting journey for intersex athlete Caster Semenya. Over the years she has received continued backlash from all over the world for winning long-distance races at various large sporting events including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The cause for the backlash is primarily because people feel that her increased testosterone levels (higher than the average female) give her an unfair advantage over her female counterparts.

Admittedly, the IAAF has failed to do its due diligence in terms of actively participating and curating the conversation around athletes who are intersex. In a world where the biological sciences are showing that unlike the long-held dogma that sex is binary, but instead exists on a spectrum, the athletics body has failed to protect intersex athletes.

The IAAF has further failed to be proactive and progressive in reviewing its regulations with regards to intersex athletes which has ultimately led to this very ugly showdown.

The athletics body claims it only now has proof that increased testosterone, the levels which Semenya exhibits, imbue an unfair advantage performance-wise. Semenya is set to appear at the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week, to argue against having to lower her testosterone levels.

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Cameroonian Soccer Legend Samuel Eto'o is Off to Harvard University

The now retired soccer legend says he wants to use his studies at Harvard to 'give back to Africa'.

Cameroonian soccer legend Samuel Eto'o is off to study business management at the prestigious Harvard Business School at the beginning of next year.

After announcing his retirement in September of this year, the 38-year-old four-time African Player of the Year has set his sights on giving back to the African continent and contributing to its transformation through studying. According to BBC Sport, Eto'o will take up residence in Boston for a year and is looking forward to the new challenge.

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Zimbabwe's National Women's Soccer Team Boycotted Their Olympics Qualifying Match

The team abandoned its match with Zambia in protest of unpaid fees from last month.

The Mighty Warriors, Zimbabwe's national women's soccer team, were scheduled to play against Zambia in the second leg of their qualifying rounds for the 2020 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, Japan. However, a half hour prior to the match kicking off at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, it was called off entirely. This comes after the team also failed to show up for the official Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) camp ahead of the qualifying games. It is reported that the Zimbabwean players were protesting unpaid allowances from last month's matches in the 2019 COSAFA Cup which was held in South Africa. However, Zifa alleges that the players are in breach of their contract, according to BBC Sport.

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Interview: Bongeziwe Mabandla's New Album Is a Calm Meditation On Relationships

We speak with the South African artist about his captivating new album, iimini, love cycles, and the unexpected influence of Bon Iver.

"I've been playing at home for so many years and pretending to be having shows in my living room, and today it's actually happening," Bongeziwe Mabandla says, smiling out at me from my cellphone as I watch him play songs on Instagram Live, guitar close to his chest.

Two weekends ago, Mabandla was meant to be celebrating the release of his third album, iimini, at the Untitled Basement in Braamfontein in Joburg, which would no doubt have been packed with some of the many fans the musician has made since his debut release, Umlilo, in 2012. With South Africa joining many other parts of the world in a lockdown, those dates were cancelled and Mabandla, like many other artists, took to social media to still play some tracks from the album. The songs on iimini are about the life and death of a relationship—songs that are finding their way into the hearts of fans around the world, some of whom, now stuck in isolation, may be having to confront the ups and downs of love, with nowhere to hide.

The day before his Instagram Live mini-show, Mabandla spoke to OkayAfrica on lockdown from his home in Newtown about the lessons he's learned from making the album, his new-found love for Bon Iver, and how he's going to be spending his time over the next few weeks.

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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