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What was going on in the U.S.S.R. at the background of the 1979 „Amber Prix International“?

ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS always was seeking career. In sport too. There is nothing bad about this, but he did it in awful ways. ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was cheating his friends in sport, he did false votings and he blackmailed his friends against the political powers of the U.S.S.R.. Also he did bad things for those whom he did not like in bodybuilding.

Since 1973 bodybuilding was prohibited in the U.S.S.R.. Fighting against this DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS received a a letter with negatyve answer from the U.S.S.R. Minister of Sport. Having no support of bodybuilding friends through his petition to defend prohibited bodybuilding sport DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS reached the Victory. It was unexpected for everybody. It was unexpected for DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS too.

Many those who were afraid to fight against bodybuilding prohibition became active when DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS on his own risk organized successful 1978 “Amber Prix International”. After 1973 it was the first official bodybuilding contest that was done in public in the U.S.S.R.. Petition of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was presented in Moscow for the highest U.S.S.R. political powers and it opened doors for bodybuilding contests. Since 1978 “Amber Prix International” was the regular unofficial “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship” („неофициальный Чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму»).

Before the voyage of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to Moscow ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was against his petition. He was afraid. ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS explained, that “all DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS does is on his own risk. This way he will not risk his membership in the Communist Party. If something negative about the reaction of political powers happens ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS will say he did not know anything about the petition”.

After the successful 1978 “Amber Prix International” ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS remembered about the 1968 “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation” (“Atletinės gimnastikos komisija”, «Федерация культуризма С.С.С.Р.»). This federation at the F.I.H.C. (Federation Internationale Halterophile et Culturiste) times was based as a part of the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation” («Федерация тяжёлой атлетики С.С.С.Р.»). When bodybuilding was prohibited in 1973 the “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation” stopped it’s work and all five it’s Chairmen left bodybuilding. Basing on the DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS received political permit to organize “Amber Prix International” in Klaipeda ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS wanted the refresh the forgotten “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation”. It was absurd. The bodybuilding sport was prohibited and someone at the same time wants to set the International Bodybuilding Federation in the U.S.S.R..

DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was alone when everybody refused to support him in writing the petition to defend bodybuilding and to bring it to Moscow. But the achieved victory of the petition opened doors for everybody to develop bodybuilding in the U.S.S.R..


ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS wanted to rule the U.S.S.R. bodybuilding. After the success of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS he addressed the former Chairman of the 1968 “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation” and a known R.S.F.S.R. weightlifter ROMAN MOROZ (Роман Мороз). ROMAN MOROZ was working at the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation” at that time. Telling him about the 1978 “Amber Prix International” ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS suggested to refresh the old “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation”. It seemed unreal as on December, 1977 the U.S.S.R. Minister of Sport issued a new order to make the prosecution of bodybuilding more strict. Anyway the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport through ROMAN MOROZ wanted to control the illegal bodybuilding in the U.S.S.R. and he agreed. Both decided that the Chairman of the federation representing Moscow political power will be ROMAN MOROZ and the secretary will be ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. In order not to be alone they included several statistic persons too. Though ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS already started prosecuting INNAR MARDO he was also included to the member’s list. Formally this organization was a part of the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation”. As weightlifters were not interested in bodybuilding in fact ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was ruling the federation alone.

Wishing to be “A hero” in front of Moscow ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS invited several medium level U.S.S.R. weightlifting officials to the 1979 “Amber Prix International” in Klaipeda. It was a humor as ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS had nothing to do with “Amber Prix International” ever.  Having guests of the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation” the 1979 “Amber Prix” was of two parts – power exercises and evaluation of the body. Everything according the old F.I.H.C. traditions. Without power exercises weightlifting guests of Moscow had nothing common with bodybuilding.

From Moscow to Klaipeda arrived the medium level official of the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation” JURIJ SANDALOV (Юрий Сандалов) and the Chairman of the 1963, 1968 and now of the 1979 “U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation” ROMAN MOROZ (Роман Мороз). We want to underline that since 1978 the “Amber Prix International” was the “unofficial U.S.S.R. bodybuilding Championship”. So the level was very high.

Wishing to please the guests of Moscow ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS collected money from bodybuilders and bought for them Lithuanian televisions “Shilelis” («Шилялис»). It was difficult to get these televisions in the U.S.S.R. at those times. It is hard to say what was in mind of ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. From Moscow to Klaipeda came only representatives of the “U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation” and they were not top officers. Bodybuilding was still prohibited in the U.S.S.R.. Even the Ministry of Sport could do nothing as the decision to prohibit bodybuilding came from the highest political powers of the U.S.S.R.. But ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was satisfied by the position of the secretary of the formal federation. This was enough for him then. The federation went on doing nothing real. By the way later ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS went on presenting televisions to Moscow weightlifting officials again and again.


At the 1979 „Amber Prix International“ participated athletes from Latvian SSR, Lithuanian SSR, Estonian SSR, R.S.F.S.R., Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR.


First Weight Category

1. CHLEBORODOV VIACESLAV (Хлебородов Вячеслав, Lithuanian SSR)

Second Weight Category

1. BACEVICIUS GEDIMINAS (Бацявичус Гедеминас, Lithuanian SSR)

Third Weight Category

1. PETRAUSKAS RICARDAS (Петраускас Ричардас, Lithuanian SSR)

Main Categories

First Weight Category

1. GORELIK EUGENE (Горелик Евгений, Lithuanian SSR)

Second Weight Category

1. KAPCEVICIUS VLADAS (Капцявичус Владас, Lithuanian SSR)

Third Weight Category

1. MISEVICIUS SAULIUS (Мисявичус Саулюс, Lithuanian SSR)

Fourth Weight Category

1. ANNUS OLEV (Аннус Олев, Estonian SSR).

Over All Winners: VIACESLAV CHLEBORODOV –Juniors and OLEV ANNUS – Main Categories.

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