23 Sep 2013

Dismay in American Samoa at sports ban following attacks

1:21 pm on 23 September 2013

Sports authorities in American Samoa have cancelled all sports indefinitely following last weeks attacks on school volleyball players and a team bus.

Three young men are being questioned over the first attack which left two students injured.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says many parents are unhappy about the ban.

"Alot of parents are not happy other sports have been affected. They say that if there's a suspension it should only happen to the volleyball league. Alot of students get (sports) scholarships to continue their education off island."

Monica Miller says the American Samoa governor wants to see villages mete out punishments to those found reponsible and a community meeting involving matai and authorities is planned for Monday.