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Semenya To Take Fight With World Athletics to European Court Of Human Rights



South Africa’s athlete, Caster Semenya, will drag World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights as she continues the fight against an IAAF regulation that would require her to take testosterone-lowering medication to defend her 800-metre title at the World Championships.

The 29-year-old double Olympic 800-metre champion s one of a number of female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) competing in races ranging from 400 metres to a mile, who World Athletics insist must reduce their naturally high levels of testosterone in order to run.

This can be done either through the use of drugs or surgical interventions.

On Tuesday, her lawyers confirmed that the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, who already lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and another subsequent plea to the Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) asking for the CAS ruling to be set aside, has vowed to continue the fight.

“We will be taking World Athletics to the European Court of Human Rights,” Semenya’s lawyer Greg Nott said in a media release on Tuesday, without placing a time-frame on their appeal.

“We remain hopeful that World Athletics will see the error it has made and reverse the prohibitive rules which restrict Ms Semenya from competing.”

World Athletics have consistently said the regulations are aimed at creating a level playing field for all athletes.

“World Athletics has always maintained that its regulations are lawful and legitimate, and that they represent a fair, necessary and proportionate means of ensuring the rights of all female athletes to participate on fair and equal terms,” the governing body said in a statement after the SFT case.

Athletics South Africa insist Semenya is still part of their team for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, though over what distance remains to be seen.

She has also been competing in the 200-metre sprint, which falls outside of the World Athletics regulations.

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South African Footballer Dies In Car Crash Few Hours To Joining New Club



Anele Ngcongca, a former South African international and Mamelodi Sundowns defender has died in a car crash on early Monday morning, officials have confirmed.

Ngcongca was involved in a fatal automobile accident at about 5a.m in the morning.

The former KRC Genk defender was about completing a switch on loan to AmaZulu and according to reports, he had arrived Durban to put pen to paper before his unfortunate demise.

According to the Police Brigadier Jay Naicker, “At 05:00 this morning, a vehicle with two occupants lost control and overturned on the N2 freeway near Mtunzini,”

“A 33-year-old man was declared dead at the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation. A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation by Mtunzini SAPS.”

Ngcongca had a stellar career winning the Belgian title, league cup and Super cup with Genk. He was also a three-time winner of the Premier Soccer League with the ‘Brazilians’, where he also won the Nedbank Cup.

He featured in the historic first World Cup in Africa hosted in his home country, South Africa.

Ngcongca was survived but family members and friends.

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Motsepe Announces CAF Presidential Bid



Mamelodi Sundowns chairman Patrice Motsepe has announced his intention to run for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency.

Motsepe becomes the third person to bid for the role of CAF president, with incumbent Ahmad Ahmad and Ivorian Jacques Anouma both in the running.

According to Forbes magazine, Motsepe is Africa’s tenth richest man, with an estimate of $2.4 billion.

South Africa FA president Danny Jordan who was part of the press conference said that Motsepe is the appropriate person for the presidency.

“Caf must improve its global standing,” said South Africa FA president Danny Jordaan.

“He is the most appropriate person we could offer for the leadership of Caf. We do not want any compromise on governance or ethics in football.”

According to Jordaan, Motsepe who was not present at the press conference, was in quarantine after contracting Covid-19. Jordaan had South Africa’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa present.

Motsepe is the second candidate to announce his bid in less than 48 hours, after Anouma was formally backed by the Ivorian federation over the weekend.

The reigning CAF president Ahmad Ahmad declared his candidacy in October and it is under threat as he is set to face a ban from football after he was found to have breached various FIFA ethic codes.

The bid from Motsepe comes ahead of Thursday’s deadline for candidates to formally register their interest.

Motsepe is already receiving support from across Africa, as Botswana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have publicly backed the South African.

Nigerian FA president Amaju Pinnick who was also present at the press conference (online) satated that he has no intentions of running for the post, and believes Motsepe has superior qualities.

“He has more superior qualities than me,” Pinnick said.

“It’s not about me, it’s about African football. If you have someone with superior qualities, you have to learn from him and queue behind him and wait for your time.”

Motsepe is able to contest for the position as he fulfils the requirements of having been involved in football for the past five years, having led Mamelodi Sundowns since 2004, and received the backing of his federation.

CAF elections will take place in March 2021, in Morocco.

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Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games



Akpeyi recalled by Nigeria for Sierra Leone games

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has been recalled to the Nigeria national team for November’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone.

Akpeyi’s last game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria was in November 17, 2019 against Lesotho at the Setsoto Satium, Maseru where Nigeria won by 4-2.

Injury to the Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper led to his exclusion from the Nigerian squad that faced African Champions Algeria and later Tunisia in October’s international friendlies.

Akpeyi has now been invited to the Super Eagles squad and is set to compete for a starters spot when Nigeria faces Sierra Leone in the 2022 AFCON qualifier.

“Daniel Akpeyi returns to the Nigerian team for their upcoming Group L home and away games against Sierra Leone,” a statement from Chiefs read.

“Akpeyi who has already played in the Super Eagles’ opening two games of the qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, will face Sierra Leone at home in Benin City on 13 November and in Free Town on 17 November.”

The shot-stopper missed out on Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns, but made a return to the team when his side got a 1-0 away victory against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Sierra Leone are looking to qualify for the AFCON tournament for the third time, but the are at the bottom of Group L having started their qualification campaign poorly.

The first leg of the double-header will be played on November 13 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Nigeria, while the return leg will be held four days later at the National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have featured at the biennial showpiece 17 times, emerging victorious on three occasions, finishing as runners-up four times and third for a record eight times.

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