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Since 1973 until 1987 in Socialist Countries bodybuilding was prohibited. Getting free this sport became very popular. People used to go to gyms and watch videos with ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, SYLVESTER STALLONE and CLAUDE VAN DAMME. In 1989 lots of various level bodybuilding contests were held in Socialist Countries. The most important 1989 International Competitions were the first official „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ («Чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму») and the contest „U.S.S.R. – USA“ („Матчевая встреча С.С.С.Р.). Both events were recongized and supported by the „U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport“ («Министерство спорта С.С.С.Р.»).

„U.S.S.R. – USA“

On March 18, 1989 the International Contest „U.S.S.R. – USA“ (Матчевая встречя «С.С.С.Р. – США») was organized in Leningrad (R.S.F.S.R.). It was the first time when American bodybuilders came to the U.S.S.R.. Until this the U.S.S.R. bodybuiders knew USA bodybuilders only through the magazines. The organizers of the event from the USA side were LOUIS ZWICK and DAVID ZELON. USA expences were covered by LOUIS ZWICK. USA was represented by a number of I.F.B.B. (International Federation of Body Builders) bodybuilders: CARLA DUNLAP, DIANA DENNIS, LAURA BEAUDRY, JEAN PAUL GUILLAUME, TROY ZUCCOLOTTO, REX LETTO. Placings of the Contest „U.S.S.R. – USA“: Winner JEAN PAUL GUILLAUME, second - TROY ZUCCOLOTTO, third – NIKOLAJ GRISANOV (Belorussian SSR). As a guest DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS participeted at the competition in Leningrad. Together with LOUIS ZWICK he managed to run away from K.G.B. (Комитет государственной безопасности С.С.С.Р.) agents and make two films about the training of well known U.S.S.R. bodybuilders VIKTORAS JUCYS and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS (both Lithuanian SSR). These films were presented on the USA  E.S.P.N. sport television. Detailed revue about the event is in various languages on Global Page .


The first step was done in 1988 at the first Official „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Cup“ («Кубок С.С.С.Р. по культуризму»). Then the U.S.S.R. Over All Winner was VIKTORAS JUCYS (Lithuanian SSR). The contest was supported and recognized by the „U.S.S.R. Ministry of Sport“. In 1989 the first official „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ was held in Leningrad too. Basing on the results of this competition the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Team“ had been selected to participate at the 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Paris (France). The 1989 „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ Category Winners were: SHUMLIANSKIJ KONSTANTIN (Шумлянский Константин, Ukrainian SSR), BOGDANOVIC VALERIJ (Богданович Валерий, Belorussian SSR), DUBICKAS VINCAS (Lithuanian SSR), MOSALIOV GEORGIJ (Мосалёв Георгий, R.S.F.S.R.), PETRAUSKAS RICARDAS (Lithuanian SSR). The Over All Champion was VINCAS DUBICKAS. Due to the results of doping control SHUMLIANSKIJ KONSTANTIN was replaced by PATRAITIS RAIMUNDAS (Lithuanian SSR). Detailed revue about the event is in various languages on Global Page .

In 1989 Klaipeda bodybuilders stopped participating at the offcicial U.S.S.R. contests and U.S.S.R. teams. Newly restored National Olympic Committee of Lithuanian SSR (N.O.C. Lithuania, L.T.O.K., Lietuvos Tautinis Olimpinis Komitetas) strongly suggested Lithuanian athletes to behave like this. Being a member of the N.O.C. Lithuania Klaipeda department  DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS stopped his activities in the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Федерация культуризма С.С.С.Р.»). He went on working on the independant membership of the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Lithuanian SSR at the I.F.B.B.. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and I.F.B.B. President BEN WEIDER had active correspondance on the matter. The negotiations went on. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wanted BEN WEIDER to be interested about the membership of the Lithuanian SSR and suggested him a number of big business projects. BEN WEIDER wrote him not to discuss these questions through letters. He suggested to cover the topic at the coming presonal meetings.


I.F.B.B. President BEN WEIDER came to the 1989 „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ in Leningrad. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and BEN WEIDER agreed to discuss a number of urgent questions at the V.I.P. banquet. The banquet took palce at the popular Leningrad reastaurant „Trojka“ “ («Тройка»). The Russian organizers gave DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS two tickets to the banquet. Returned from the Contest to hotel DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and and his pupil VIKTORAS JUCYS visited his companions from Lithuania SSR. Also in the room were present Vice President of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS, members of the federation RAMUTIS KAIRAITIS, ALEKSANDRAS NOVIKOVAS and today‘s fampus Lithuania art photographer ALGIMANTAS ALEKSANDRAVICIUS. No one of them was invited to the banquet with BEN WEIDER. Speaking about the happenings in Leningrad ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS said he will go to the banquet together with DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS dissagreed and reminded to everybody sins of ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS: how due to his ego and black envy ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS ruined or tried to ruin sport careers of  Lithuanian SSR bodybuilders ALBERTAS REMEIKA, JURIJ GUSEV (Юрий Гусев), ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS, also of Estonian SSR bodybuilder OLEV ANNUS. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS reminded about how for the same reasons in 1979 ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS ruined International Contest „U.S.S.R. – Czechoslovakian SSR“. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was working on this several years on. DSc. The documents are kept at the archieves of the W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation). EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS reminded how in 1988 ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS ruined participation of Lithuanian SSR bodybuilders VIKTORAS JUCYS and SAULIUS MISEVICIUS at the 1988 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Australia. ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS kept the passports of bodybuilders and they could not fly to Australia. Then ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS started to cry and got on the knees asking a pardon. This way DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS left ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS and went to the banquet together with VIKTORAS JUCYS. At the banquet DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS sat together with BEN WEIDER. Both went on speaking on the questions of Lithuania membership in the I.F.B.B. federation and also on a number of commercial matters. BEN WEIDER invited DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS as his personal guest to 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Paris. And that happened some time later.


The 1989 „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ Council was collected in Leningrad as Lithuanians aimed to get independant membership in the I.F.B.B. federation. It was a chance to solve this problematic question peacefully. All Chairmen of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ were present: Chairman VASILIJ CAIKOVSKIJ (Василий Чайковский), Vice Chairmen VLADIMIR DUBININ (Владимир Дубинин) and ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. Also representatives of the „U.S.S.R. Sport Ministry“ («Министерства спорта С.С.С.Р.») were present at the Council too. National Federation of the Lithuanian SSR was represented by a member of the Olympic Committee of the Lithuanian SSR (L.T.O.K., Lietuvos Tautinis Olimpinis Komitetas) ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS, a member of the Olympic Committee of the Lithuanian SSR Klaipeda Department DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and ARUNAS PETRAITIS. Basing on his correspondance with the I.F.B.B. President BEN WEIDER, on the „U.S.S.R. Constitution“, on the Constitution of the Lithuanian SSR, on the I.F.B.B. Constitution DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote a Declatarion. The Declaration was about the independant membership of the National Federation of the Lithuanian SSR in the I.F.B.B.. It was ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS to read the Declaration. He was afraid... DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and ARUNAS PETRAITIS pushed him to the stage. Again ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS did not read. Then DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS came on the stage and said the preliminary words. Only after this ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS read the Declaration. The W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International Archieves have a video material about this happening. Delegates of various Socialist Republics were against the action of the Lithuanians and did not support the Declaration. Lithuanians were alone as National Federations of the Estonian and Latvian SSR joined them some months later and only formally. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS informed BEN WEIDER about the Concil in Leningrad. More details about the ways to Independance of the National Federation of the Lithuanian SSR are in various languages on Global Page .


During all bodybuilding history the 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship was one uncomparibable event. During the years only two International bodybuilding events were of so high level. It was the famous of sexual scandals 2004 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Moscow (Russian Federation) and the 2011 W.F.F. – W.B.B.F. (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) World Championship in Viena (Austria). During the eighties of the last Century the International W.A.B.B.A. (World Amateur Body Building Association) ruling structure was like this: President RENAUT ROBINET and General Secretary AKLI CHABENI. Both mentioned persons together with formal I.F.B.B. Vice President and Creator of the W.A.B.B.A. association (it was created in 1976) SERGE NUBRET were working on the 1989 W.A.B.B.A. World Championship in Paris. That time the sponsors were really very big. Some way the I.F.B.B. President BEN WEIDER invited RENAUT ROBINET to his house in Canada. After this visit RENAUT ROBINET declared that he is leaving W.A.B.B.A. and starts working with the I.F.B.B.. As all preliminary work for the 1989 W.A.B.B.A. World Championship was done RENAUT ROBINET announced that he is organizing the I.F.B.B. World Championship in Paris instead of W.A.B.B.A. now. This action of RENAUT ROBINET made awfull strike on SERGE NUBRET and he never reached the previous W.A.B.B.A. level again. After the 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Paris RENAUT ROBINET got no preferences from BEN WEIDER. So he left I.F.B.B. and never appeared in bodybuilding again and was forgotten for ever. Through the years is evident that no International Bodybuilding Organizations around the World ever made any other bodybuilding  contest which is worth to notice. Nothing to compare.

Those bodybuilders of the Lithuanian SSR who neglected the orders of the Olympic Committee of the Lithuanian SSR (L.T.O.K.) were included to the U.S.S.R. Team and participated at the 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship in Paris. They were not successfull at the competition as all U.S.S.R. team too.

The Chairmen of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ («Федерация культуризма С.С.С.Р.») were angry about Lithuanian aims to get independant I.F.B.B. membership. They did not include the Vice Chairman of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Federation“ ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS to the U.S.S.R. delegation to go to Paris again.

During the 1989 „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Championship“ («Чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму») in Leningrad DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was invited as a Personal Guest of BEN WEIDER to the World Championship in Paris. Their common correspondance went on and BEN WEIDER let DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS take any member of the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Lithusnisn SSR together with him to Paris. Thinking of support about the membership in the I.F.B.B. federation DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS with him. Both Lithuanians came to France separate from the U.S.S.R. delegation. Later DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS regreted about his decission. During several meetings with the emigrants of the old 1918 Lithuanian Republic ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS behaved rude towards independance of Lithuania.

Delegations of various countries lived in the famous Paris „La Fayette“ hotel. The contest was also organized at a huge „La Fayette“ Palace. Just before the I.F.B.B. World Championship BEN WEIDER invited Lithuanians to his appartments in „La Fayette“ penthouse. The Assistant of BEN WEIDER PAMELA KAGAN (Canada) was also present at the discussion then. The discussion lasted very long. With BEN WEIDER spoke DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS did not knew languages and even did not understand what both were speking about. Finally another assistant of BEN WEIDER RAFAEL SANTONJA entered the room and said that BEN WEIDER is needed down at the contest as the competitions are nearly to finish and it is high time to present award to the Over All World Champion. BEN WEIDER and DSC. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS agreed to go on discussing matters via later correspondance.

The 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship Category Winners were ACHMED MOHMED (Egypt), VAN VALCOT SMITH (USA), BERNARD SEALY (Barbados) FRANK HILEBRAND (West Germany), JEAN LUC FAVRE (Switzerland).

There was a banquet in „La Fayette“ after the competition. BEN WEIDER sat DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS close to him and presented him to the Heads of the delegations of various countries. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS got many new International contacts. Being drunk at the banquet ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS decided to „fight for Lithuanian Independance“ and quarreled with Vice Chairman of the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Fdereation“ VLADIMIR DUBININ (Владимир Дубинин). He accused VLADIMIR DUBININ about not taking him to I.F.B.B. Events in Australia (1988) and France (1989). It was DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to stop the fighting. Details on the 1989 I.F.B.B. World Championship You can find in various langueges on Global Site .


In 1989 U.S.S.R. bodybuilding team participated at the I.F.B.B. Europe Championship in Oslo (Norway). Bodybuilders of the Socialist Countries did well – first time U.S.S.R. bodybuilder became European Champion. It was NIKOLAJ SHILA (Шила Николай) from Belorussian SSR. Also first places won ZUZANA KORINKOVA (Czechoslovakian SSR) and MIROSLAW DASZKEWICZ (People‘s Republic of Poland).


In 1989 154 bodybuilders from 9 Socialist Countries took part at the „Amber Prix International“ («Янтарный приз», „Gintarinis prizas“, 1968 – 2024) in Klaipeda (Lithuanian SSR). They came from R.S.F.S.R., Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR, Lithuanian SSR, Latvian SSR, Estonian SSR, Kazach SSR, Tadjic SSR, Moldavian SSR. Totally 51 team participated at the contest. The 2-d official „U.S.S.R. Junior Championship“ («Чемпионат С.С.С.Р. по культуризму среди молодёжи») was organized together with „Amber Prix International“. This way U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Chairmen wanted to keep tide the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Lithuanian SSR as it was aiming to enter the I.F.B.B. independantly from the U.S.S.R.. The Winners of the 1989 Junior „Amber Prix International“ and the „U.S.S.R. Junior Championship“ were: KOLBASIUK ANDREJ (Колбасюк Андрей, R.S.F.S.R.), VISHNEVSKIJ ALEKSANDR (Вишневский Александр, R.S.F.S.R.), ZUR OLEG (Жур Олег, Lithuanian SSR), VOJTOVICH ANDREJ (Войтович Андрей, Belorussian SSR), VELIKOIVANENKO BORIS (Великоиваненко Борис, R.S.F.S.R.). Winners of the Main Categories were: PETRAITIS RAIMUNDAS, ZUR OLEG, BUCINSKAS ROLANDAS, JUCYS VIKTORAS (all from Lithuanian SSR). Over All Winners titles went to OLEG ZUR (Juniors) ans VIKTORAS JUCYS (Main Categories). This competition is in details in various languages on Global page


After a pause INNAR MARDO ((Иннар Мардо, 1946 – 2002) organized the 15-th „Georg Tenno Memorial“ («Мемориал Георга Тенно», 1971 – 1989) in Tallinn (Estonian SSR) again. 39 bodybuilders from Lithuanian SSR, Latvian SSR, Estonian SSR and R.S.F.S.R. took part at the contest. All Category Winners were from the Estonian SSR: women -  UIT INNA, Juniors – JEMELJANENKOV ALEKSANDR (Емельяненков Александр), PETAJEV ALEKSANDR (Петаев Александр), Main Categories – SELENICHIN JEVGENIJ (Селенихин Евгений), KOSENKO PAVEL (Косенко Павел), ALEKSEJEV ALEKSANDR (Алексеев Александр), CELOBITCIKOV JURIJ (Челобитчиков Юрий). The Over All Winners were ALEKSANDR JEMELJANENKOV and PAVEL KOSENKO. Contest revue in details is in various languages on Global Page


In 1989 instead of traditional „Comsomol Cup“ («Кубок комсомола», „Komjaunimo taure“) contest Kaunas City (Lithuanian SSR) bodybuilding organizers made the „U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Cup“ («Кубок С.С.С.Р. по культуризму»). Giving this competition to Lithuanians this way U.S.S.R. Bodybuilding Chairmen wanted to keep tide the National Bodybuilding Federation of the Lithuanian SSR as it was aiming to enter the I.F.B.B. independantly from the U.S.S.R.. Anyway most famous bodybuilders of the Lithuanian SSR did not participate in Kaunas then. The order of the Olympic Committee of the Lithuanian SSR (L.T.O.K.) was not to participate at the official U.S.S.R. contests and not to go into the U.S.S.R. teams.


1989 spring competition „U.S.S.R. – USA“ («Матчевая встреча С.С.С.Р. – США») was very successfull. This was the reason to organize one more contest „U.S.S.R. – USA“. This time the event was financed by a businessman and former USA bodybuilder BILLY PAX. The main U.S.S.R. bodybuilders at this contest were GRISANOV NIKOLAJ (Гришанов Николай, Belorussian SSR) and VASIN ALEKSANDR (Васин Александр, R.S.F.S.R.). From the USA side were SHAWN RAY, LIONEL RANGER and MIKE HARRIS. The winner was NIKOLAJ GRISANOV, second LIONEL RANGER and third MIKE HARRIS.


In 1989 the „A Man And A Woman“ («Мужчина и женщина») competition was organized in Leningrad and the „Tiumen Grand Prix“ («Гран При Тюмени») in Tiumen (R.S.F.S.R.). Also the first International women bodybuilding competition was held in Leningrad too. Junior Category Winners were  DUCHOVIC NATALIJA (Духович Наталия – Мурниковене, Murnikoviene, Lithuanian SSR), TALAGAJEVA OKSANA (Талагаева Оксана, R.S.F.S.R.). Main Category Winners were  again DUCHOVIC NATALIJA, MADAR MERIKE (Estonian SSR), JAVNIKOVA RAISA (Явникова Раиса, Ukrainian SSR). The Over All Winners were NATALIA DUCHOVIC (Juniors) and MERIKE MADAR (Main Categories). Since 1989 until 1993 trainer of NATALIA DUCHOVIC (Murnikoviene) was DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS.

International level Klaipeda bodybuilders kept to the order of the Olympic Committee of the Lithuanian SSR (L.T.O.K.) and did not participate at the official U.S.S.R. competitions. Instead of this DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took Klaipeda bodybuilding team  to International contests in the Czechoslovakian SSR, East Germany (G.D.R., German Democratic Republic), Peoples Republic of Poland and Romania. 

There were 60 bodybuilders from U.S.S.R.., F.R.G. (West Germany), G.D.R., Belgium and U.K. at the traditional „Sandow“ contest. Category Winners were: women - KORINKOVA ZUZANA (C.S.S.R.), LUX SYBILA (G.D.R.) and men – DUDAREC PIOTR, KOLOVANY JAROSLAV, BEDNARCIK JAROSLAV (all from Czechoslovakian SSR.) and TAYLOR GARRY (UK).

1989 International „Berliner Bar“contest was held in the Capital City of G.D.R. Berlin. 62 bodybuilders from the U.S.S.R., Hungarian SSR, G.D.R., Czechoslovakian SSR and „People‘s Republic of Poland“ took part at the event. Women Category Winners were: SUKUPOVA EVA (C.S.S.R.), TETCHKE ELLEN (G.D.R.), and Men Category Winners were – SHILA NIKOLAJ (U.S.S.R., Belorussian SSR), Czechoslovakians VRABEL ROMAN, BEDNARCIK JAROSKAV and VASIN ALEKSANDR (Васин Александр, U.S.S.R., R.S.F.S.R.).

At the same time DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was going on developing Interantional realtions. In 1989 under invitation od the Weightlifting Federation of China Dsc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS visited the People‘s Republic of China. Then Chineese did not know anything about bodybuilding. Under invitation of the trainer of ANJA LANGER ULI HANNEMAN DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS visited West Germany. Under the invitation of W.A.B.B.A. Turkey DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS visited Turkey too.


After 1987 bodybuilding started to be very popular in the U.S.S.R.. Bodybuilders needed deeper methodical knowlidge. Since 1969 DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was translating bodybuilding books and articles from various International magazines. He was making analytical revues about this. This way in 1989 DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote and published in Russian language a book (magazine) and named it „Arnold Schwarzenegger Recommends“ («Арнольд Шварценеггер рекомендует», „Arnoldas Švarcenegeris rekomenduoja“). It was not for beginners. It was for the skilled bodybuilders in fact. The book was successfull and the 2 000 000 issues were printed and sold. It was like bodybuilding „ABC“ for several generations of bodybuilders. Since that time no other bodybuilding book was so much successfull.

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