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The IAAF Says Athletes Like Caster Semenya Are Welcome To Compete in Men's Events

The institution has also determined which women's events the South African athlete is allowed to enter if she chooses not to alter her testosterone levels.

Caster Semenya and athletes like herself cannot seem to catch a break with the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) policies regarding intersex athletes.

Responding to a letter from the World Medical Association (WMA), Sport 24 reports, the IAAF says athletes like Semenya are allowed to enter men's events if they are not willing to take medicine to lower their testosterone levels.

The letter from the WMA insisted that doctors should not enforce the new and controversial IAAF gender rules for classifying female athletes, citing that attempts "would breach ethical codes."


The medial body notes that their basis of conclusion was due to the "weak evidence" found in the IAAF's research. "We have strong reservations about the ethical validity of these regulations," Dr. Leonid Eidelman, WMA president, says. "They are based on weak evidence from a single study, which is currently being widely debated by the scientific community..."

In their official statement that you can read in full here, the IAAF rebuttals noting that their research was based on gathering evidence for 15 years.

"The IAAF Regulations in this matter are not based on a single study, but on many scientific publications and observations from the field during the last 15 years," the statement says. "All these materials were submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and discussed during the hearing. The Panel has accepted the validity of this evidence and has recently decided to uphold the IAAF Regulations."

The IAAF continues:

"We respectfully remind the WMA that while doctors should try not to over-medicalize the lives of these patients, it is important to recognize that for an adolescent raised as female and experiencing a masculinizing puberty, according to international guidelines for DSD, an extensive investigation should be carried out by a cross-professional team to reach a diagnosis, and to clarify the individual's gender identity."

The IAAF says that female athletes who are not planning on taking medicine to lower their testosterone levels to compete in the 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500 m and the mile are allowed to compete with male athletes and in any intersex competition without restriction. Otherwise, they cannot enter in the female classification of any restricted event at an international competition.

In Semenya's case, the IAAF says she is permitted to compete in female-classified events that are not between the 400m and the mile on an international level. If she seeks those events, they cannot be at an international competition.

Supporters of Semenya seem flabbergasted at this response and continue to show support of the athlete on social media:






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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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