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Today Marks What Could be Caster Semenya's Last Race

The South African athlete will be competing in the 800m category at the Doha Diamond League.

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) ruled in favor of the IAAF, which wants Caster Semenya to lower her naturally high testosterone levels in order to continue competing, the athlete finds herself at a crossroads. She can concede and lower her testosterone, compete as she is in other long distance categories aside from the 400m, 800m and 1500m or walk away from athletics altogether.


A double Olympic gold medalist, Semenya is set to compete today in the Diamond League in Doha alongside Burundian Olympic silver medalist, Francine Niyonsaba, who will also have to take medication to lower her naturally high testosterone levels if she wishes to compete.

While it is likely that she will appeal the decision made by Cas and take it further to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, the process will of course take some time and the new IAAF regulations will officially take effect from the 8th May.

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However, the World Medical Association (WMA) has ordered doctors not to issue testosterone-lowering drugs despite the ruling by Cas. They stressed that the new regulations were based on a single study with weak evidence and went against a number of the medical body's ethical statements.

According to Sport24, the president of the WMA, Leonid Eidelman, said:

"We have strong reservations about the ethical validity of these regulations. They are based on weak evidence from a single study, which is currently being widely debated by the scientific community. They are also contrary to a number of key WMA ethical statements and declarations, and as such we are calling for their immediate withdrawal."

For almost a decade, Semenya has faced constant humiliation for her wins and her intersex condition. She was even subjected to a sex test following her win at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The ruling by Cas has been rightly termed by many as a gross violation of Semenya's human rights.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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