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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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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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