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Regatta controversy forces rules change
11-06-2014 - SamoaObserver.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said all crews should obey the rules. Tuilaepa also suggested that bad behaviour from the crews could result in the captain being banned from any future race.

The government has announced changes to the annual Independence Day fautasi race.

It follows the controversial end to last week’s 52nd Independence Day regatta where two crews nearly came to blows.

Only three of the six crews that took part were awarded prizes during the prize giving.