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1981. SOCIALIST WORLD BODYBUILDING NEWS.
1981 „AMBER PRIX INTERNATIONAL“.
In 1981 bodybuilding was still prohibited in the Socialist countries. Political powers controlled illegal bodybuilding through the formal „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Федерация культуризма С.С.С.Р.») which was reset at the „U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation“ («Федерация тяжёлой атлетики С.С.С.Р.») in 1979. That was based on the old F.I.H.C. (F.H.C., „Federation Internationale Halterophile”) federation traditions.
The year of 1981 started with the traditional „Amber Prix International“ („Gintarinis prizas“, «Янтарный приз», 1968 – 2023) contest in Klaipeda (Lithuanian SSR). Since 1978 this contest was accepted as the „Unofficial U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ («неофициальный Чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму»). We should underline that the possibility of the public competitions in the U.S.S.R. was got only after the victorial visit of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to Moscow. Then he wrote and personally brought the bodybuilding defending petition to the highest U.S.S.R. political powers in Moscow and received permittion to organize bodybuilding contests. The category winners of the 1981 „Amber Prix International“ were EUGENE GORELIK (Евгений Горелик, Lithuanian SSR), INDREK OTSUS (Estonian SSR), SAULIUS MISEVICIUS (Lithuanian SSR) and OLEV ANNUS (Estonian SSR). The Over All Winner was SAULIUS MISEVICIUS. There were two teams of the Estonian SSR at the competition. One was of the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Estonian SSR led by OLEV ANNUS and brothers ARRO. Another one was of INNAR MARDO. Before the contest the Secretary of the formal „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS instructed the International Judges not to alow OLEV ANNUS to win the Over All Champion‘s title again. The „U.S.S.R. Weightlifting Federation“ knew that OLEV ANNUS plans to emigrante from the U.S.S.R. to Finland. That was a terrible action of him against the Communist regime. How the Over All U.S.S.R. bodybuilding champion can do this? So OLEV ANNUS lost the title. The head Judge of the 1981 „Amber Prix International“ was a friend of OLEV ANNUS. Several days after the competition he canceled the results of „Amber Prix International“ and in official letter asked the Chairman of the formal „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ ROMAN MOROZ (Роман Мороз) to aprove his decission. ROMAN MOROZ was against the decission and the results of the contest remained unchanged. At the saame time OLEV ANNUS wrote letters to the Socialist press saying about bad judging and explaining that the results of the 1981 „Amber Prix International“ were canceled.
We have no information about 1981 intriques in the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Estonian SSR. In 1979 after the quarell OLEV ANNUS and brothers ARRO overturned INNAR MARDO (Иннар Мардо, 1946 – 2002) and took the leadership in the federation. Then ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was supporting the replacing of INNAR MARDO. INNAR MARDO popularity among U.S.S.R. bodybuilders and the results he achieved at the contests in the Socuialist countries made mad ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. In 1981 the „Georg Tenno Memorial“ («Мемориал Георга Тенно», 1971 - 1989) was organized in „Tallinn Olympic Pirita Centre“ (Талинский олимпийский центр Пирита») by INNAR MARDO without the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Estonian SSR. At that time the director of this centre was Lithuanian PRANAS MICKEVICIUS. In 1981 the above mentioned PRANAS MICKEVICIUS overturned OLEV ANNUS and brothers ARRO and took the leadership in the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Estonian SSR.
In 1981 a meeting of the formal „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Всесоюзная комиссия атлетической гимнастики») was held in Moscow (R.S.F.S.R.). Bodybuilding was still prohibited but a number of public competitions were held in Lithuanian SSR and in the Estonian SSR. Those contests were organized with the political background. For example it was the „Comsomol Cup“ („Komjaunimo taurė», «Кубок комсомола») in Kaunas (Lithuanian SSR). As the activities of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ were only formal, it was rulled by the Chairman and former R.S.F.S.R. weightlifter ROMAN MOROZ and secretary ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. As ROMAN MOROZ was fare away from bodybuilding sport in fact the real Chairman was ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. The meeting in Moscow made no important decisions. Only several statistic persons were changed. Among new statistic persons was one of the U.S.S.R. bodybuilding pioneers weightlifter GENADIJ BALDIN (Геннадий Балдин). ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS was inviting DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to join his work. The above mentioned meeting spoke about OLEV ANNUS letters to the Socialist Sport Press and accused him about this. The „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ prohibited OLEV ANNUS to participate at any U.S.S.R. bodybuilding competitions.
in 1981 at the International competition „Trener“ (Czechoslovakian SSR) only Estonian INDREK OTSUS represented the U.S.S.R.. He bacema the Over All Winner again.
1981 „Amber Prix International“
Klaipeda, Lithuanian SSR
At the competition participated 72 bodybuilders from Latvian SSR, Estonian SSR, Lithuanian SSR, Belorussian SSR, R.S.F.S.R., Ukrainian SSR.
First Weight Category
1. MIKUCKAS SAULIUS (Lithuanian SSR)
2. SOLOVJOV IGOR (Соловьёв Игорь, Lithuanian SSR)
3. MURTUZOV GRIGORIJ (Муртузов Григорий, Estonian SSR)
Second Weight Category
1. GUSEV JURIJ (Гусев Юрий, Lithuanian SSR)
2. BALTRIMAVICIUS LINAS (Lithuanian SSR)
3. SEVERJANOV IGOR (Северьянов Игорь, Lithuanian SSR)
Third Weight Category
1. PETRAUSKAS RICARDAS (Lithuanian SSR)
2. UNDZENAS VYTAUTAS (Lithuanian SSR)
3. DUDA LEONAS (Lithuanian SSR)
First Weight Category
1. GORELIK EUGENE (Горелик Евгений, Lithuanian SSR)
2. ALEKSANDROVIC VLADIMIR (Александрович Владимир, Belorussian SSR)
3. POLIAKOV STANISLAV (Поляков Станислав, Latvian SSR)
Second Weight Category
1. OTSUS INDREK (Estonian SSR)
2. MOSALIOV GEORGIJ (Мосалёв Георгий, R.S.F.S.R.)
3. POTAPOV PAVEL (Потапов Павел, Lithuanian SSR)
Third Weight Category
1. MISEVICIUS SAULIUS (Lithuanian SSR)
2. IVANAUSKAS ALGIMANTAS (Lithuanian SSR)
3. FEDIUK OLEG (Федюк Олег, Belorussian SSR)
Fourth Weight Category
1. ANNUS OLEV (Estonian SSR)
2. ZURCEV EUGENE (Журцев Евгений, Lithuanian SSR)
3. BESAKIRSKAS ALBERTAS (Lithuanian SSR).
Over All Winners
Juniors – JURIJ GUSEV, Main Categories – SAULIUS MISEVICIUS.
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