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The IAAF Has Delayed Its Controversial Testosterone Rule Following Caster Semenya's Court Challenge

The rule, which has drawn immense backlash, will no longer go into effect on November 1.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that it will postpone the implementation of its new policies on athletes with high testosterone levels for five months as it awaits the outcome of South African track athlete, Caster Semenya's challenge of its legality.

The rule, which the IAAF planned to begin enforcing on November 1, would force women athletes with "higher testosterone" to chemically lower their levels or compete with men.

Semenya, with the backing of Athletics South Africa (ASA) has challenged the policy at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, stating that the rules have a "discriminatory effect on female athletes like Semenya. The federation also stated that it believes "the medical data relied upon by the IAAF is flawed," reports BBC Sport.



Despite Semenya and the ASA's challenge the IAAF says it feels "very confident of the legal, scientific, and ethical bases for the regulations, and therefore fully expects the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reject these challenges."

The federations says it will hold off on enforcing the rules until the challenge is upheld in court. "The IAAF also understands that all affected athletes need certainty on the point as soon as possible," said IAAF president Sebastian Coe, according to Eye Witness News South Africa.

"Therefore, in exchange for Ms Semenya and the ASA agreeing to an expedited timetable, the IAAF has agreed not to enforce the regulations against any athlete unless and until they are upheld in the CAS award, which is expected on or before 26 March 2019."

Though the ASA says it is "pleased" with the "suspension" of the decision, the delay means that if the testosterone rule is to go into effect next year, athletes such as Semenya may not be able to compete for at least half of 2019, since the policy stipulates that female athletes must keep their testosterone levels below the prescribed amount "for at least six months prior to competing."

"It is not fair," said 27-year-old Semenya of the proposed rule back in June. "I just want to run naturally, the way I was born."

'Thandazinto' single cover from Kwaito artist Makhalanjalo.

Listen to Makhalanjalo's New Single 'Thand'izinto'

Listen to new artist Makhalanjalo's kwaito single 'Thand'izinto' from the upcoming album 'Amanzi'.

Makhalanjalo has released his highly-anticipated single "Thand'izinto". The single is the latest offering from the the relatively new artist who has swept through Cape Town's music scene. "Thand'izinto" comes ahead of the upcoming album Amanzi.

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Burna Boy's 'Destiny' Makes Biden-Harris Playlist as Inauguration Day Arrives

Burna Boy's 'Destiny' has been featured on the US presidential inauguration playlist which will usher into office President-elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.

Burna Boy's "Destiny" has reportedly been included in the US presidential inauguration playlist. The international Nigerian artist is the only African that features on the 46-track playlist which will usher in the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris. The playlist was produced in partnership with Insecure creator Issa Rae's music label, Raedio. The playlist comes ahead of the inauguration ceremony which will be taking place later this evening. Burna Boy also featured on former President Barack Obama's Summer playlist in 2020.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

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