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THE BEGINNING. EUGENE SANDOW.
When we speak of the World‘s and UK bodybuilding history, we always have in mind the bodybuilding pioneer of the German origin EUGENE SANDOW. Living in England EUGENE SANDOW started competitive bodybuilding activities in 1898. After emigrating to the US he continued his activities ans bodybuilder and as organizer as well.
Today You can find lots of materials about EUGENE SANDOW at every artcle covering World‘s bodybuilding history.
“HEALTH & STRENGTH”.
Speaking about the bodybuilding history we would like to underline the importance of the first International bodybuilding magazine ever printed and published. And this is the non commercial “Health & Strength” magazine started in England in 1898 and still issued until now by the editor and publisher ROY EDWARDS.
To develop physical culture in 1906 the Health & Strength League was established in England.
THE UNIVERSE CONTEST.
It was the “Health & Strength” magazine to start organizing in 1948 in England today well known “Universe” contests.
Next year after the successful 1948 contest the “Health & Strength” magazine decided to stop organizing the “Universe” any longer.
Then in 1950 the British Social Sport Club NABBA (NABBA UK, National Amateur Body Building Association) was established and it addressed the “Health & Strength” magazine to get the permit to use the “Universe” name for their organized annual contests. The magazine gave them the positive answer and in 1950 the NABBA UK organized it’s first NABBA “Universe” in London. For a long time NABBA “Universe’ was the only one International Bodybuilding Contest World Wide. World’s best bodybuilders used to come and participate at this event.
In general through the NABBA UK organized various level contests the bodybuilding sport in the UK is well ruled and developed in the country today. Speaking of the competition and sportsmen in the UK all other bodybuilding organizations are in the shadow of NABBA and never rise to the same high level as NABBA UK is and always has been.
Remark: the second one regular International Bodybuilding Contest was organized in the World as well.
As we know that for a long time politically the World was divided into the “Western Capitalist Countries” and the “Eastern Socialist Countries” which were confronting one another. Bodybuilders of the each part of the World could not travel through the “Iron Wall” and they could not participate at the competitions of the other part. To say more for political reasons in the Socialist World and especially in the USSR the bodybuilding sport was prohibited and prosecuted for the period of twenty years. Gyms were closed, no bodybuilding contests were organized. The situation was very problematic.
The only one exception was the “Amber Prix International” (“Gintarinio prizo” turnyras, 1968-2013) held from 1968 in Lithuania Klaipeda City by DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS.
During the prohibition of bodybuilding the “Amber Prix International” was the only one International Bodybuilding Contest in the Socialist World that was organized annually.
If fact the “Amber Prix International” was the unofficial World Bodybuilding Championship of the Socialist Countries and the unofficial Bodybuilding Championship of the USSR. At the “Gorbachov Perestrojka” times the Ministry Sport USSR recognized the “Amber Prix International” as the USSR Bodybuilding Championship and started presenting the honorable State “USSR Sport Master’s” titles for the “Amber Prix International” Champions. All this was possible due to the personal risk and efforts of the contemporary President WFF-WBBF International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. In 2011 the State Vatican evaluated the risky efforts and activities of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and called him a “dissident” this way fighting with the political Communist Regime and awarded DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS with the Personal Vatican Pontific Benedict XVI-th Medal (Medaglia Ufficiale di Pontificato di Sua Santita Benedetto XVI, Headquarters State Vatican, Cita del Vaticano, March 29, 2011).
(Detailed information is in various languages on the International Site www.wff.lt , read historic articles on the main page and forum. Also information is published in various languages in the International Magazines „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ (Issues No. 28, 33, 34) and in Spanish for the South America Countries in the „Fitness Alive“ Magazine that is printed in Argentina).
OSCAR HEIDENSTAM started bodybuilding activities in the thirties of the last Century when he competed at the International Competitions held in England and France.
From 1955 OSCAR HEIDENSTAM started to lead the Public Sport Club NABBA UK.
Due to OSCAR HEIDENSTAM personal efforts the NABBA „Universe“ was held so long on regular basis and bodybuilding sport became so popular in England as it is today.
After OSCAR HEIDENSTAM died in 1991 his position in the NABBA UK took IVAN DUNBAR (Ireland). In 1995 IVAN DUNBAR starts developing the virtual „NABBA-International“ structure. We say the „virtual NABBA-International“ because it had never been juridically registered by Law as an International Sport Organization and always until now was placed behind the NABBA UK Sport Club Structure. No doubt – information about the real NABBA juridical status always was hidden from the members of this organization. The idea of the NABBA-International started in 1984 and it beleongs to OSCAR HEIDENSTAM. But at that time the idea was not so popular as it was when IVAN DUNBAR took the position.
When the work with NABBA-International started, at once the fight for the Chairman‘s positions began too. For a long time there were always several persons to be the leader of NABBA-International. Until the third noisy split of NABBA in 1999 there were three „presidents“ of NABBA-International at one time: IVAN DUNBAR (Ireland), and another two appeared in 1990 from WABBA - KLAUS P.J.HOFFMANN (Germany) and JOE LOPEZ (Australia). All of them use to name themselves „President NABBA-International“ and always fighted in between who will collect the anual fee of the participans first.
But NABBA being only the National Organization by origin and by Law always cared only for the UK and the NABBA „Universe“ that never went out of the Country. Being very well organized inside the NABBA UK did not care very much of what was going outside especially on the International Level. When there was a definite initiator to organize a World or Europe Championship outside the UK, then this Event happened. When there was no one – there were no NABBA World or Europe Championship held. This way three NABBA Europe Championships and one World Championship were hold in Lithuania (1996, 1997, 1998).
In 2013 German KLAUS P.J.HOFFMANN left NABBA. After IVAN DUNBAR died the position of the President NABBA-International went to a not very famous International person from Australia, but it did nothing better for NABBA. Having in mind that NABBA never cared for the official sport and never tried to make this sport more or less recognized during the last twenty years NABBA goes on loosing it‘s power on the International Level.
During the sport history there were many talanted bodybuilders in such a perfect bodybuilding country as the UK is who achieved famous wins.
Speaking of this we would like to underline EDDIE ELWOOD, DORIAN YATES, GARY LISTER and CHARLES CLAIRMONT most of all.
EDDIE ELWOOD was five times Over All Winner of the NABBA “Universe” (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).
DORIAN YATES was six times Winner of the commercial „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ Pro Contest (1992, 1993 , 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997).
CHARLES CLAIRMONT was four times Over All Winner of the NABBA “Universe (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990). By the way, a famous Hollywwod actor and producer ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER also was four times Over All Winner of the NABBA “Universe” (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970).
After winning the Amateur Europe Championship in Vilnius (Lithuania, 1997) another UK heavyweight bodybuilder GARY LISTER was three times Over All Winner of the NABBA “Universe” (1998, 2002, 2003).
Speaking of the UK women bodybuilders we would like to mention LYNN PERROT. LYNN PERROT always struck the audience with the beautiful complicated artistic performance that was in tune with the perfectly developed athletic body. Public still remember her presentations at the 1996, 1997, 1998 World and Europe Championships that were held in Lithuania (Vilnius, Klaipeda, Palanga).
We have written before in details about WABBA (World Amateur Body Building Association) in our previous articles “Bodybuilding in France” and “Serge Nubret Story”. WABBA has never had legal juridic registration as an International Sport Organization. Only the name and logo was registered.
Through the International Bodybuilding history WABBA was very active in the eighties and ninethies of the last Century. Then the Leader of the WABBA UK was a famous bodybuilder EUGENE LAVISCOUNT who organized a number of great International Events in the UK.
No doubt, the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) also has it’s National Division in the UK too. But we hear of the English IFBB very seldom and most only when it holds an International Event. Compearing to NABBA and WABBA the IFBB in the UK never had any famous leaders who ever played important role on the International Level. The esception could be only DORIAN YATES and several persons who left NABBA UK and used to work for the IFBB for some time.
Bodybuilders of the IFBB UK never went high on International Level as nobody wanted them in America commercial bodybuilding market. Unfortunatelly IFBB UK has no future vision of ot’s own and it means it has no future at all for the IFBB UK bodybuilders. Having good potential and being very talented UK bodybuilders were not famous in Europe too as they used to participate outside the UK very seldom.
During the last twenty years bodybuilders representing the UK participate at the WFF-WBBF International Events individually.
During this time there were several attempts to register the National WFF-WBBF organization in the Country. Finally a famous UK bodybuilder DAYO AUDI registrated the National Company WFF-WBBF UK. Also DAYO AUDI won the title of the Over All WFF-WBBF Amateur „Universe“ Champion (2008).
In 2013 another famous UK bodybuilder ROB REINALDO (Da Cruz Reinaldo Jose Roberto) participated at the WFF-WBBF Pro World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“. Now ROB REINALDO took the initiative to organize the National WFF-WBBF Federation in the UK and to represent the WFF-WBBF in the WFF-WBBF International activities.
For the time spoken another heavyweight bodybuilder ALEKSANDR VLADIMIROV successfully represented the UK at the World and Europe Championship and won many titles for the country.
In 2004 an UK senior bodybuilder EDDIE PARKER participated at the WFF-WBBF Amateur World Championship in Vilnius (Lithuania) and became the Champion.
CONTEMPORARY SITUATION. IN USA NO ONE WANTS TO DEVELOP BODYBUILDING ON OFFICIAL LEVEL.
Up to this time nobody ever tried to make a more or less thorough analysis of bodybuilding in USA. We need to do it today. Through such an analysis we can see plainly the complicated situation USA and World‘s bodybuilding is at. We see the great need to find the way out of the situation. Today bodybuilders pray for wrong idols and the wide public society is beeing fooled for so long time. USA State Governmental Institutions have nothing to do with the official bodybuilding sport as they treat it not the serious way. Bodybuilding became so much commercial and the majority of the International Bodybuilding Leaders look for the profit only forgeting the real sport.
During the last time in the US as well as in Europe lots of „Festivals“, „Fiestas“, „Shows“ and various „Classics“ („FIBO“, „Olympia“, „Arnold Classic“ etc.) appeared. But nobody understans that this is not sport, not real sport. Try to say at the Sport Ministry of any Country that You are the Champion of „FIBO“ or any „Classic“ – nobody even listen to You... These events have no official recognition of any National or International Sport Institution. This way makes bodybuilding sport more and more away from the official recognition as a real kind of sport in our plain understanding.
It is eveident for bodybuilding specialists, that today USA quickly looses it‘s International Leaders positions in bodybuilding. Due to the decades lasting mistaken and false politics of the former USA bodybuilding leaders, today we face the negative results all the World through. On the Official Level bodybuilding is not accepted as sport in general. Majority of important bodybuilding contests in the USA are just commercial shows for public, more like a theater, but not real sport. Everything is slod, everything money can buy – places, contests or even „International federations‘. Does anybody remember a strong USA National Team at a World Championship of any federation? It was at least twenty five years ago.
LONG LASTING LIES.
For our fivety years lasting International work and efforts finally today we have nothing connected with official sport, but selling – buying - playing theater only. Especially in the US.
When the owner of the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) Commercial Company our respected BEN WEIDER (Canada) tried to get the IOC (International Olympic Committee) recognition, finally he received the strict IOC refusal to support and to recognize the IFBB. Then the WEIDER brothers (Joseph and Ben) sold all their magazines and the Professional Commercial „Joe Weider‘s Olympia“ contest. And after BEN WEIDER died the private IFBB Commercial Company was sold for another businessman as well. During the last fiveteen years the International bodybuilding situation evidently goes worse and worse. Welook from the side of the official sport and official recognition.
In 2009 the International IFBB was spulit (the details You may finf in our other articles). The new owner of the IFBB Commercial Company (remark: IFBB does not egzist as an official International Sport Federation by Law) RAFAEL SANTONJA (Spain) took some permanent America contest names to Europe, but the majority of them they still are just commercial shows and fare away from the officialy recognized sport competitions.
IFBB as a sport federation never egzisted by Law in the US. After AAU (American Athletes Union) lost their strong positions in 1982, from that time the USA bodybuilding sport has been governed by the NPC (National Physique Committee), but again, by the Law requirements it is not really true (you can see the historic and juridic documents on the International Site www.wff.lt forum topics „World‘s Bodybuilding History. How it was in real“, „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“, „Various International Federations“).
Plain and clear presentation of the International Bodybuilding problems is the IFBB itself: juridical lies, cheating other International Sport Organizations, lies to the sportsmen (see documents on the International Site www.wff.lt, read forum topic „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“). We have mentioned above that the IOC refused to support and to recognize the IFBB. Today we confront some more negative news: the International Organizations the „World Games“ and the „Asia Games“ excluded IFBB from their membership and refused to work with the IFBB any longer too. Also the Asia Olympic Committee officially refused to recognize the IFBB.
USA BODYBUILDING FESTIVALS. FESTIVALS REPLACE OFFICIAL SPORT CONTESTS.
There in no one legal National and International Bodybuilding Federation that covers all the US having Law registration as it is required for a normal sport federation. Bodybuilding in the US is based on many private Companies, which are the owners of the so called „federations“. Even if there would be a Bodybuilding Sport Federation registered by the Law in the US, it is so unimportant, that nobody knows it.
All competitions in the US belong to private Commercial Companies as a private property. Bodybuilding in the US is a kind of business and the Company owners often are selling everytinig, often including contest places. During the last years it is clear as daylight. As we spoke before – just look at the names of the bodybuilding contests in the USA – that are variuos „festivals“, „nights of champions“, variuos „classics“ etc.. Nobody wants to develop official sport and nobody cares for the sportsmen as they have no profit out of this. Even more – the private structures always fight for profit in between. For propaganda reasons they say for naive sportsmen that they use to pay millions of dollars or the professionals. But has anybody seen at least one famous Professional bBdybuilder who became rich of bodybuilding contests? We do not know any... Sometimes it looks like absurd: not long ago a Professional Bodybuilding agent preposed for the WFF-WBBF International to buy a number of World Wide known Pro Bodybuilders to participate at the popular WFF-WBBF Pro Events. The price of them was very low, even under our respect of those Great Names...
This is the reason, why the USA bodybuilding still lives in the chaotic dissorder and it never ends. It negativelly influences all International Sport in general. There is no one to think of sane lives, total fitness and of the official recognized sport of bodybuilding. But even if they want to, they can not do this as their private Companies are not sport federations registered by Law. They cheat all of us from the very beginning.
USA has never pretended to be historically connected with the very beginning of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding has come to America from Europe and it always lived a chaotic life.
Starting from 1903 BERNARR MACFADDEN started organizing bodybuilding events in the US.
In the time between the two World Wars there were a number of prominent bodybuilding persons in the US. First of all we should underline CHARLES ATLAS (also named Angelo Siciliano). In 1921 after winning one of BERNARR‘S MACFADDEN competitions CHARLES ATLAS got the respectable title of the „Most Prefectly Developed Man in America“.
BRONE DUBAR PHENOMENA.
In 2013 the International Sport Society was celebrating the 85-th anniversary of female fitness. It is connected with BRONE‘s DUBAR regular trainings and participation in New York City in 1928 - 1931.
Many years are away and today we have not so much information about this sport Pioneer. We know that right before the First World War BRONE DUBAR with her family emigrated from Lithuania to the USA.
We are glad to say that the Americans started collecting additional historic information about BRONE DUBAR for the our coming „Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding“.
USA CHOOSES COMMERCIAL WAY.
When we speak about the bodybuilding sport in USA, we mean that there is no official recognized bodybuilding sport in this country. It has never been. We underline once again, that everything conected with bodybuilding in the US is commerce and business only. You can buy everything, you can sell everything: definite athletes, titles, places even competitions and „international federations“. It is like You are in a super market shop.
The history of bodybuilding sport (especially the International History) has been written under the reguest and under the interests of a number of private Commercial Sport Companies in order to satisfy their private interests. But this history of bodybuilding is not real. Some powerful enough bodybuilding businesmen have written the bodybuilding history for themselves and for their commercial companies and this is the reason that so many of us still are being fooled.
There are still many misunderstandings in the bodybuilding history they represent. For example, the WEIDER brothers (Joseph and Ben) say that the first IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) America Championhip was held in 1949. But somehow the second America Championship was organized only after ten years in 1958... Strange. Nobody was working??? They say that the JOE WEIDR‘S (Joseph Weider) private commercial contest „Joe Weider OLYMPIA“ has been organized from 1965, but we see the beginning of real competitions starts only from 1975 (held South Africa). Until this time we see no real sport contest in fact. Until 1975 most usually at the „Joe Weider OLYMPIA“ was only one competitor who „fighted“ alone with himself... Is this a real sport sport contest? Competing alone against himself? Often they say that JOE WEIDER is the „Trainer of Champions“ from 1936. Fine, but in 1936 he was only seventeen years old... It is hardly believable he was in bodybuilding sport at all at this age.
We understant that later the WEIDER brothers needed very much a „Great Champion‘s Face“ for their commercial companies and their commercial products. And they found the „commercial face“ in Europe when they by nice offers invited the best Europe bodybuilder ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER from Austria to California.
Nothing ever comes easy. The WEIDER brothers always had to fight for the commercial bodybuilding market in the World as well as in the US. Sometimes they were not successful. Once they appealed to the US Court against AAU (American Athletes Union) for the name „Mr.America“ and lost the case.
It is the fact is that the AAU was the first to start more or less serious bodybuilding sport in USA. As the bodybuilding specialist Ph.D. FREDERICK C.HATFIELD informes, the bodybuilding sport in the US started in 1939 with AAU „Mr. America“ Competitions. Then the Winner was BERT GOODRICH. Strange, but in the same year AAU organized another „Mr. America“ Contest and the next Winner was ROLAND ESSEMAKER.
After the Second World War the International leader of bodybuilding sport was the NABBA UK (National Amateur Body Building Association). NABBA UK was and still is a public sport club by juridical registration. From 1950 NABBA UK organizes anual „Universe“ competition. In 1947 and in 1948 the first two „Universe“ competitions were organized in England by the UK bodybuilding magazine „Strength and Health“ („Strength and Health“ issued from 1898 until now in the UK. It is the World‘s Oldest Bodybuilding Magazine). There was no „Universe“ contest in 1949. Finally in 1950 „Strength and Health“ magazine gave all juridical rights for NABBA UK to organize anual bodybuilding „Universe“ contest and so it does until now.
After the Second World War the NABBA „Universe“ was the only one regular International Bodybuilding Contest in the World every year organized in England. For many years representing America and the US the best AAU bodybuilders participated at the NABBA „Universe“ competitions. As there was no more International Contests around the World in the fivties of the last Century the later Owner and Organizer of the „Joe Weider OLYMPIA“ competition JOE WEIDER also participated at the NABBA „Universe“ but unfortunatelly he was out of the finals. This fact neglects many today‘s historical lies and proves that for such a long period of time no other federation organized International Events but NABBA UK. IFBB organized it‘s first World Amateur Championship in 1959 in Mexico. Then there participated only eight bodybuilders from three Countries: Mexico, Canada and USA. By the way, copying the NABBA UK, for many years the WEIDER brothers called their World Amateur Championships „IFBB Universe“ too.
AAU for several decades organizing anual „Mr. America“ contests was the real bodybuilding sport leader in the US. Having no power to win against AAU in the open competition in 1982 the WEIDER brothers made a clever strategic decission. They suggested the AAU leaders to divide the World‘s commercial bodybuilding market and the Global influence on it. The USA amateur bodybuilding was given for the new organized National NPC (National Physigue Committee) Organization that was owned and run by JIM MANION. Commercial amateur bodybuilding market of all other Countries of the World were covered by the Owner and President of the Commercial IFBB Company BEN WEIDER. The World‘s Professional Bodybuilding Market was given to the Owner of the private Commercial „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ contest JOE WEIDER.
Below we present the list of the AAU „Mr.America“ Winners (until the NPC appeared)
Year, Name of the Winner
1939 BERT GOODRICH
1940 JOHN GRIMEK
1941 JOHN GRIMEK
1942 FRANK LEIGHT
1943 JULES BACON
1944 STEVE STANKO
1945 CLANCY ROSS
1946 ALAN STEPHAN
1947 STEVE REEVES
1948 GEORGE EIFERMAN
1949 JACK DELLINGER
1950 JOHN FARBOTNIK
1951 RAY HILLIGEN
1952 JIM PARK
1953 BILL PEARL
1954 DICK DUBOIS
1955 STEVE KLISANIN
1956 RAY SCHAEFER
1957 RON LACY
1958 TOM SANSONE
1959 HARRY JOHNSON
1960 LLOYD LERILLE
1961 RAY RUTLEDGE
1962 JOE ABENDA
1963 VERN WEAVER
1964 VAL VASILEF
1965 JERRY DANIELS
1966 BOB GAJDA
1967 DENNIS TINERINO
1968 JIM HAISLOP
1969 BOYER COE
1970 CHRIS DICKERSON
1971 CASEY VIATOR
1972 STEVE MICHALIK
1973 JIM MORRIS
1974 RON THOMPSON
1975 DALE ADRIAN
1976 KAL SZKALAK
1977 DAVE JOHNS
1978 TONY PEARSON
1979 RAY MENTZER
1980 GARY LEONARD
1981 TIM BELKNAP
1982 RUFUS HOWARD
1983 JEFF KING
After the Second World War another America prominent personality BOB HOFFMAN was the International Level Leader and Organizer of bodybuilding sport in the US.
BOB HOFFMAN was one of the first to start official weight lifting sport. Also he published many bodybuilding books and magazines.
Being not different from all other bodybuilding organizers and businessman of the time BOB HOFFMAN had a private Commercial Company too. BOB HOFFMAN was among the first to start sport supplement business. Also he worked on making and selling variuos sport equipment.
Due to the personal initiative and efforts of BOB HOFFMAN bodybuilding became much more popular in the USA.
After the Second World War one more famous and important USA sport organizer and bodybuilder was DAN LURIE.
DAN LURIE set his own International Bodybuilding Organization called the WBBG (World Body Building Guild) that was very active in 1967-1979.
Popularizing bodybuiolding DAN LURIE worked organizing Amateur and Professional competitions (among them „Olympus“ contest) and publishing bodybuilding magazines.
For many years DAN LURIE was surrounded by such Great World‘s Bodybuilding Legends as HAROLD POOLE, RICK WAYNE, BILL GRANT, CHRIS DICKERSON, BOYER COE, TONY EMMOTT, SERGE NUBRET, TONY PEARSON and SERGIO OLIVA.
It was a really great work done for the bodybuilding sport by DAN LURIE but unfortunatelly the WBBG did not play a big noticeble role on the International Bodybuilding Level. Espacially when we speak about the official and recognized bodybuilding sport. By the way, it was DAN LURIE who used the IFBB name first and only later BEN WEIDER named his Commercial Company the same name too.
OVERTURN IN PROFESSIONAL BODYBUILDING. HOW US „FEDERATIONS“ LOOK LIKE. WBF OF VINCE MC. MAHON.
The World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF) was a private bodybuilding organization founded in 1990 in the US by VINCE MC. MAHON (Vincent Kennedy Mc. Mahon).
VINCE MC. MAHON created the WBF as „a commercial competition to the long established IFBB company owned by BEN WEIDER“.
VINCE MC. MAHON presented a bodybuilding magazine called „Bodybuilding Lifestyles“. He hired a famous International Bodybuilding Personality TOM PLAZ („The Golden Eagle“) to oversee the publication of the „Bodybuilding Lifestyles“ magazine.
After 1990 „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ contest in Chicago VINCE MC. MAHON and TOM PLAZ handed out press releases announcing the WBF's formation. Then VINCE MC. MAHON stated that the WBF would "revamp professional bodybuilding with dramatic new events and the richest prize money in the history of the sport." TOM PLATZ was announced as the Director of Talent Development for the WBF organization.
In 1991 in the WBF of VINCE MC. MAHON had signed thirteen competitors (all famous IFBB Professionals) to long-term contracts: AARON BAKER, MIKE CHRISTIAN, VINCE COMERFORD, DAVID DEARTH, BERRY DEMEY, JOHNNIE MORANT, DANNY PADILLA, TONY PEARSON, JIM QUINN, MIKE QUINN, EDDIE ROBINSON, GARY STRYDOM AND TROY ZUCCOLOTTO. This made nearly a catastrophy for the WEIDER brother‘s „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ commercial contest that time.
During the history of the WBF VINCE MC. MAHON organized two nice commericial bodybuildng events. The Winner of the both VINCE‘S MC. MAHON events was GARY STRYDOM (1991, 1992).
In 1992 MC. MAHON made another try and it was a deal with one more International Legendary Bodybuilder LOU FERRIGNO, to bring him in as a competitor. After when the 1992 VINCE‘S MC. MAHON event received a low buyrate, he called the owners of the IFBB and announced that the WBF was disbanding.
The WEIDER brothers let all bodybuilders come back and they let them even to participate at their Professional contests, but they never let them take high places at their contests again. The bodybuilding carreer of many of them was ended for ever.
WAYNE DE MILIA.
Another prominent International Professional Bodybuilding Person in the US was WAYNE DE MILIA. He was always working with WEDER brothers, mostly with JOE WEIDER.
The Owner of the private commercial „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ contest JOE WEIDER appоinted WAYNE DE MILIA to be the Director of the Professional League that was a private property of JOE WEIDER too.
Working for many years WAYNE DE MILIA did a lot to rise the Professional bodybuilding to the level it is today. After JOE WEIDER sold his private „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ contest to another businessman WAYNE DE MILIA was pressed by the new Owner to leave the the position of the Professional League Director. Then in 2006 WAYNE DE MILIA tried to make his own Bodybuilding Organization:
„Our Pro Division is a corporation that deals with bodybuilding sports entertainment. We are not a sports federation, so we can go to our own set of rules, so to speak. If you are a sports federation, you have to abide by certain rules, according to the Covenant. Because we are a company that will pay taxes, we have a little more leeway“.
WAYNE DE MILIA organized Pro Events in the US and UK, but thay were not successfull. Once he tried to work tohether with the WFF-WBBF International, but a hard desease made him to leave the sport business.
First time the President WFF-WBBF International DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS met WAYNE DE MILIA in the New York City in 1990. Then to the Commercial Contest „Joe Weider‘s OLYMPIA“ for the negotiations of the future common work DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was invited as a Personal Guest of the Owner and the President of the IFBB Commercial Company BEN WEIDER. In New York DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS discussed with BEN WEIDER the ways to register with the IFBB Commercial Firm a Joint – Wenture Company and then a definite Protocol was signed.
See historical documents in different languages on the International Internet Site www.wff.lt , check forum topic „WFF-WBBF North America“.
Most popular bodybuilder of all times ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER („Austrian Oak“) does not participate at bodybuilding contests any more. The biggest popularity ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER received after he started working with a number of successfull cinema roles in Hollywood. The extremelly cussessfull wedding opened him the doors of the famous KENNEDY Family and that was a great push for the future political career as the Governor of the US California State. This made ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER even more popular.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER started his International bodybuilding life participating at the NABBA UK „Universe“ competitions. He received a great assistance from his trainer KURT MARNUL (Graz, Austria) and also from the President Parliament Austria Professor ALFRED GERSTL. After winning a number of NABBA UK „Universe“ Amateur and Professional contests and already being the best bodybuilder in Europe ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER received a nice preposal from the WEIDER brothers to come to the US. And he did it.
At that time the commercial bodybuilding market in the US was occupied and rulled by the WEIDER brothers and JIM MANION. In such a situation aftel living in the US over ten years ARNOLD SCHWARCENEGGER started his own business with a small bodybuilding Project named „Arnold Classic“. Today this Project is very famous International Event and it coveres over twenty various kinds of sport.
We can say that the contemporary ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is a product of the important efforts of a number of people. His life was very successful because of ALFRED GERSTL, the KENNEDY family, the WEIDER brothers, KURT MARNUL and many other persons. Without them ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER never could reach such big goals.
We would like to remind that ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER as well as the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS (DSc. Edmundas Daubaras) both are included into the Hall of Fame of the Kingdom of Denmark (2008).
Speaking about the bodybuilding in the US we must mention another Prominent Bodybuilding Person and it is ROBERT KENNEDY.
For many years on ROBERT KENNEDY was a painetr, variuos art collector, a famous bodybuilding organizer and productive publisher of the bodybuilding literature. Lots of bodybuilders had been educated on his works.
During the life ROBERT KENNEDY wrote and published fivety three books and among them some were bestsellers.
From 1974 in various languages mostuly for both America Continents ROBERT KENNEDY issued a popular bodybuilding „MuscleMag International“ magazine.
One more representing the US Prominent International Bodybuilding Person is LOUIS ZWICK.
LOUIS ZWICK started his own commercial sport business in 1988. That was a famous Unique International Bodybuilding Project named „USA versus USSR“. Then LOUIS ZWICK was a very risky person as he financed this Project. On the other hand LOUIS ZWICK could have a good profit if the Project was successfull as he aimed to sell the filmed in the USSR materials for the ESPN television.
LOUIS ZWICK hired a filming group and through short term Contracts collected a number of known USA Amateur and Professional bodybuilders and brought them to the USSR. Among the selected US bodybuilders were such well known athletes of the time as TROY ZUCCOLOTTO, JEAN PAUL GUILLAUME, DIANA DENNIS, CARLA DUNLAP, LAURA BEAUDRY, CATHEY PALYO, DOROTHY HERNDON, RANDY PETERSON, REX LETTO.
During the „USA versus USSR“ competition LOUIS ZWICK made acquaintance of the contemporary President WFF-WBBF International DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. It is not strange as DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was the only one among the all USSR bodybuilding leaders to know well the English language.
DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS came to the „USA versus USSR“ contest accompanied with his sport pupils. That were alerady famous USSR bodybuilders - the Over All Winner of the first Official and Recognized USSR Bodybuilding Championship VIKTORAS JUCYS and also the USSR Champion ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS. At that time both bodybuilders were also multiple Over All Champions of the World‘s Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding Contest „Amber Prix International“ (1968 - 2013).
As LOUIS ZWICK wanted a professional comment on his filmed materials he asked the assistance of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. No Secret that all foreign people visiting the USSR were followed and covered by the Russia special services at that time. All contacts were under the fierce control. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and LOUIS ZWICK spoke over the plan to run away from the following secret services. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took his both Lithuania bodybuilders together with him. Unexpectidly to all present all of them together jumped in a taxy and ran away to a bodybuilding gym in the subburbs of the Russia Leningrad City. Also to the same gym arrived the US filming group of LOUIS ZWICK. They shot a film about the training routines of VIKTORAS JUCYS and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS and took the needed comments of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. Later this film was a big success of LOUIS ZWICK in the US as it was televised several times by ESPN television.
The sport projects started by LOUIS ZWICK in the USSR still work. Today LOUIS ZWICK organizes and films competitions like „Fame“, „America Pageant“, „World Fitness Tour“ etc. After it he sells the materials to various US Television Companies, among them ESPN television.
Once LOUIS ZWICK invited DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to take part at one of his contemporary projects in Europe. That was the 2002 „Fame“ Europe Championship in the Stuttgart City (Germany). LOUIS ZWICK brought six professional fitness athletes from the US to this event. Again the main goal of the contest was to make a film. No doubt that all these six participants from the US won the first six places leaving all other participants behind. LOUIS ZWICK shot a good film for the US television and left Europe.
While communicating with the Owner of another US Private Commercial International Sport Organization MESHELLE BOYKO DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS learned that long before LOUIS ZWICK had been working at the MESHELLE BOYKO Commercial Company. She told to DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS that LOUIS ZWICK copied her ideas and went on doing alone the same work as he did while working at her Company.
SERGE NUBRET has never been an ordinary bodybuilder. We could even say that during all the history of the World‘s Bodybuilding SERGE NUBRET is the second one International Bodybuilder right after ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER.
We will always remember SERGE NUBRET as a superious World‘s Bodybuilding Legend, as a successfull Cinema Actor, as a bodybuilding competitive friend of ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, also as a close friend of the Owner and the President of the IFBB private Commercial Company BEN WEIDER (until 1974). For some years SERGE NUBRET served for BEN WEIDER as the first International IFBB Vice President (1973 - 1974).
In 1976 SERGE NUBRET set his own International Bodybuilding Organization and named it the WABBA (World Amateur Body Building Association). From that time SERGE NUBRET was the Organizer of numerous International Bodybuilding Events too.
Some periods of SERGE NUBRET‘s life are closely connected with the US. He was the multiple Champion of the bodybuilding „Olympus“ competitions that were organized in the USA by the WBBG of DAN LURIE. Once in the US in the beginning of the eighties of the last Century SERGE NUBRET organized the World Amateur Championship of his own Company of WABBA. But that was the only one International Contest to be organized by him in America.
WFF-WBBF IN THE US.
Somehow happens that the Official Representatives of the WFF-WBBF International in the USA are not constant and always change. There are various reasons for this.
The first WFF-WBBF Official in the US was BOB GRUSKIN (2002 - 2004). He used to come with the USA bodybuilders to the WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championships held in Europe (Germany, Russia).
Then for some time a famous US Professional Bodybuilder CRAIG TITUS made a try to work for the WFF-WBBF International as the WFF-WBBF Official (2005).
The longest working person was the President WFF-WBBF USA and also the President WFF-WBBF North America MICHAEL GLASS (2005 - 2010).
During the years MICHAEL GLASS attended a number of the WFF-WBBF Amateur and Professional World Championships (2006 - 2007). Among the WFF-WBBF International Officials MICHAEL GLASS participated at the Official Meetings at the Parliament Republic Lithuania (2007, 2008) and also at the Official meetings with the Administration Governor Russia State Tver (2006). Also MICHAEL GLASS was one of the organizers of the 2006 National WFF-WBBF Mexico Chapionship that was held in the Mexico City.
From 2011 the President WFF-WBBF USA is a famous Hollywood Actor and Sportsman ROBERT MADRID.
We would like to underline that when bodybuilding was quite definite in the Western World and in the US, this sport went it‘s own different way in the socialist countries. Remember that socialist countries covered half of the World‘s territory and the majority of living people. After the period of the „good times“ of the sixties of the last Century the bodybuilders of the socialist countries lived the hard twenty years of the prosecution and prohibition of bodybuilding. Lived and survived.
At this time World‘s Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding „Amber Prix International“ Contests (1968 - 2013) served as unofficial World Amateur Championship of the Socialist Countries and as the the unofficial Bodybuilding Championship of the USSR as well.
The history of bodybuilding in details you can read in different languages and see the documents on the International Bodybuilding Site www.wff.lt (see historical articles on the main page and forum topics) and also in the WFF-WBBF International Magazines „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“, Issues No. 28, 33, 34.
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Looking through the International Bodybuilding History today we can state, that from 1898 England, France and Russia were the World‘s countries-pioneers of the competitive bodybuilding sport.
In the the beginnging of the last Century no International Bodybuilding Contests were held. Only several times France and England organized International Events that were called „Europe Championships“ by the organizers. The former President of the UK public sport club NABBA (National Amateur Body Building Association) OSCAR HEIDENSTAM was participating at these events too.
When we speak about the International Bodybuilding in France, we always mean SERGE NUBRET personality. SERGE NUBRET was a talanted International Level Professional Bodybuilder, superious organizer and also a cinema actor.
SERGE NUBRET was a close friend of the owner and the President of the IFBB Commercial Company (International Federation of Body Builders) BEN WEIDER who appointed SERGE NUBRET to the position of the first in the IFBB history Vice President ever (1971-1974). After a number of inner scandals and intrigues SERGE NUBRET had been blackmailed and dismissed from the IFBB. Then in 1976 SERGE NUBRET set his own not registered by Law private International Bodybuilding Structure and named it WABBA (World Amateur Body Building Association).
In 1983 SERGE NUBRET wrote in his letters to the International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS that in 1976 he set the WABBA „in order to fight against the IFBB“.
WEIDERS SMASH WABBA.
For ten years organizing several anual International Events until 1989 WABBA was working sucessfully. Ending the eighties of the last Century being not registered oficcially as International Sport Organization the International WABBA structure was based on the folowing: SERGE NUBRET was the Owner of the Name and Logo of WABBA. Also he was the „WABBA International Coordinator“. The formal President of WABBA was RENAUT ROBINET and the General Secretary was AKLI CHABENI.
Today only few know how much important for the WABBA and IFBB was the year of 1989. BEN WEIDER and SERGE NUBRET have been fighting in between for nearly twenty years. RENAUT ROBINET with the assistance of sponsors was organizing a very big International Event in Paris. That was the 1989 WABBA Amateur World Championship that never happened.
It was a terrible hit for WABBA when after visiting BEN WEIDER‘S house in Canada RENAUT ROBINET announced that he stops working with SERGE‘S NUBRET WABBA. As the preparation of the WABBA World Championship was nearly over, RENAUT ROBINET organized in Paris the 1989 IFBB World Amateur Championship instead. BEN WEIDER got the Super International Event and it terrific hit the WABBA of SERGE NUBRET. After this falldown WABBA never rised to the same level again. RENAUT ROBINET was not happy also as after this competition he did not receive anything sufficient from BEN WEIDER and finally he played no role in the International Bodybuilding Sport again. Also we must underline that after the 1989 IFBB World Championship there was no more any Great International Bodybuilding Event in France which was important for the development of the International Bodybuilding on official level as sport.
The 1989 World Amateur Championship was organized an the prestigeous Paris „La Fayette“ International Hotel Congress Palace. All delegates participans also lived in „La Fayette“ hotel. Today the International Sport Specialists state that during all long lasting history of the World‘s Bodybuilding there were only two so well organized International Events ever: the 1989 IFBB World Amateur Championship in Paris and the 2011 WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship in Vienna (Austria).
To coordinate mutual work the International WFF-WBBF President DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS as a VIP Guest was invited by BEN WEIDER to the IFBB World Championship in Paris. Both spent the whole day for the discussions then.
Anyone interested in the World‘s Bodybuilding History can find more information and lots of historic documents in the Historic Articles on the International Site www.wff.lt, anso in the historical forum topics. The letters of SERGE NUBRET to EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS are among them. By the way, some years ago many documents of his private archieves SERGE NUBRET presented to DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS.
The relations of the National Bodybuilding Federations of many Countires with the NABBA International Structure was always very complicated. NABBA International has no juridic registration as the International Sport Organization. Only NABBA UK is registerd as a „Public Club“. That made and still makes many total missunderstandings for those who want to worl legal and official.
It is a tradition that for decades NABBA France works with NABBA UK. The huge International Events NABBA France never organizes. The last one was the 1991 NABBA Amateur Europe Championship held in Epinal.
During the last ten years NABBA International split at least four times and every time some new „International Federations“ appear. This is making more and more misunderstandings in our sport and filally it fools the sportsmen. After the last NABBA split in 2013 the „opposition“ deleted all official information about NABBA International from Internet.
JURIDICAL NONSENSE IN BODYBUILDING.
There are lots of „International Federations“ of Bodybuilding and Fitness. In fact totally most of them have no juridical registration as International Sport Organization. Sometimes the Names and Logos are registered only. Such „International Federations“ play no role for the International Official Sport. No serious organizations or governmental institutions can work with them. It is not serious at least. Today the same situation is in France too.
Duding the last twenty years there is a good and the biggest in France International Bodybuilding Competition named „Top De Colmar“. The organizers make a huge work indeed. They invite International Athletes but - again no juridical background and no official work, no official recognition.
WFF-WBBF IN FRANCE.
First French athletes started participating at the WFF-WBBF International Events twenty years ago.
During the last period of time best resuls acheved the folowing sportsmen: WFF-WBBF World Amateur Champion BRIGITTE CREPIEUX (1996), WFF-WBBF World Amateur Champion MARIE PIERRE DOMINIQUE RIPPERT (2003-2004), WFF-WBBF World Amateur Champion ISABELE STREIT (2006). Emigrant from Belarus IRINA VALETT FEDORUK was the WFF-WBBF Amateur „Universe“ Champion (2009) and also placed high at the WFF-WBBF Amateur and Professional World and Europe Championships.
FRENCH BODYBUILDING GLORY – MICKAEL LOUVEL.
During the last years representing WFF-WBBF International Disabled Sport Division French MICKAEL LOUVEL wins nearly all International Contests he ever participates: WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship (2009-2010), WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship (2009-2013), World‘s Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding Contest „Amber Prix International“ (2009) and WFF-WBBFAmateur „Universe“ (2008, 2009).
Participation of MICKAEL LOUVEL is a great positive propaganda for the International Bodybuilding Sport.
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PHOTOS: DSc.EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS (Lithuania), BEN WEIDER (Canada), SERGE NUBRET (France), JOSEFINA CHUA (Singapore), RAFAEL SANTONJA (Spain).
The WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International Federation is the sole Bodybuilding and Fitness leader in the World when we speak about the Official recognized Sport and the great aims of the International Sport in general, when we touch the real work that is already done to achieve these great aims.
This leadership is proved by numerous members of the WFF-WBBF International - in 2013 WFF-WBBF united National Organizations from 113 Countries, that represent all Continents. This is proved by the wide International activities of the WFF-WBBF International – WFF-WBBF represent Professional and Amateur sport and the general fitness movement World Wide. This is proved by the anual numerous International Events of the WFF-WBBF – every year WFF-WBBF International Federation holds over 60 International Events in various Countries. This is proved by the five decades lasting history of the WFF-WBBF International – WFF-WBBF Federation starts it‘s activities in the sixties of the last Century.
EVIDENT INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF THE WFF-WBBF.
The WFF-WBBF International Federation activities are very diferent of those of the other International Bodybuilding and Fitness Organizations. WFF-WBBF International has friendly relations and collaborates with the Official Registered and Officially Recognized International Organizations, National Governmental and Social Organizations of various Countries. It is the clear priority of the WFF-WBBF International.
Everybody see and estimate the huge positive results of the WFF-WBBF International activities. It is no surprise that Parliaments and Governments, National Olympic Committees of a number of Countries use to organize Official Meetings with the WFF-WBBF International Leaders. Evaluating the results of the real work done by the WFF-WBBF International the above mentioned Institutions use to award the WFF-WBBF Leaders with the High Honorable Official Awards of the Institutions they represent.
The Religious Organizations too.
PREVIEW. TIME OF PROHIBITION AND PROSECUTION OF BODYBUILDING.
Due to the political reasons in the early seventies of the last century for nearly two decades Bodybuilding was prohibited and prosecuted in the Socialits Countries, especially in the USSR (Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics). Most Bodybuilding leaders got afrayed of the Communist Regime and step away, but not all of them. Among the few left fighters for the recognition of Bodybuilding was EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS who on his own initiative and his own risk began the dialoque with the USSR Communist Party Central Committee (Центральный Комитет Коммунистической Партии), the USSR Government (Правительство СССР), the USSR Sport Ministry (Goskomsport, Госкомспорт) administration and the most important communist press – Newspapers „Pravda“ (Правда), „Izvestija“ (Известия) and „Sovietskij Sport“ Советский спорт). EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote many letters, many times he spoke on phone with the represntatives of the Institutions mentioned above. Finally EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS personally went to to the USSR Capital City Moscow (Russia) to present the officially registered Bodybuilding defending letters to the Headquarters of the all mentioned above Institutions. Those letters of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was like a real „petition“ of the Bodybuilding Sport.
Nobody of the Communist Regime leaders stopped the prohibition and the prosecution of Bodybuilding, but they gave the unbelievable unique permittion for EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to go on organizing „Amber Prix International“ Bodybuilding Contest in Klaipeda City (Lithuania). In fact for the two decades of Bodybuilding prohibition the „Amber Prix International“ was the unofficial USSR Bodybuilding Championship and this fact later was accepted by the USSR Sport Ministry when it began presenting honourable „USSR Sport Master“ names for the „Amber Prix International“ Champions. In fact, having no other alternative for the over twenty years time the „Amber Prix International“ was the World Champiosnip of the Socialist Countries. In that time World level Contests in the Western Countries were no higher in the level of Bodybuilders and in the level of organisation, no higher in the number of the participating Countries. In some aspects „Amber Prix International“ was even higher that those in the West.
VATICAN NAMES BODYBUILDING DISIDENTS.
Vatican is not only the Centre of the World Catholic Church, but it is the State of the Vatican Country too. To present the WFF-WBBF activities in the World in 2011 the Official Meeting of the WFF-WBBF Interantional Federation Leaders was organized in Vatican.
Listening about the Bodybuilding activities during the years of prohibition of this sport in the Socialist Countries the Vatican Congregat Perfect Cardinal J. Em. JOZEF KARDINAL TOMKO was interested very much. The Vatican Congregat Perfect Cardinal J. Em. JOZEF KARDINAL TOMKO positivelly evaluated our efforts to fight for the Bodybuilding Sport recognition and at once named us the „disidents of the Communist Regime“.
Most impressive was the Vatican State evaluation of the contemporary positive work of the WFF-WBBF federation in developing total fitness and bodybuilding throughout the World. For this work done the Vatican Congregat Perfect Cardinal J. Em. JOZEF KARDINAL TOMKO presented the Original Vatican Pontific Medals (Medaglia Ufficiale di Pontificato di Sua Santita Benedetto XVI) to the International President WFF-WBBF Federation EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and the WFF-WBBF VIP Official Slovak STEFAN HRCKA (Headquarters State Vatican, Cita del Vaticano, March 29, 2011).
During the Official Visit to Vatican the Vatican State Administrator J. Em. PADRE PAOLO presented to the International WFF-WBBF Officials the Vatican Administration Headquarters, the Closed Historic Treasure Archieves of the Vatican and the Storage Place of the historically valuable personal items of all Pontifics of the Vatican State. Early morning at the Vatican St. Peter‘s Basilica the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was invited and participated at the unique personal Mess.
RESPECTFUL BLESSING FROM VATICAN
In 2012 the WFF-WBBF International Headquarters received a letter from the State Vatican.
Sending tht Honourable Blessing Letter the Vatican Pontific BENEDETTO XVI-th once again positively evaluated the efforts of the WFF-WBBF International.
GOOD WORK NOTICED BY PROVOSLAV ORTODOX CHURCH.
The good and positive work done by the WFF-WBBF International Federation was noticed by the Pravoslav Ortodox Church too.
In 2010 the IV-th International Convent of the Order of Temple (Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Herosolymitani) was held in Coimbra City (Portugal).
In recognition of the new original ideas to unite all Christian Confessions of the World the Bishop ARCHIMANDRITE CHARALAMPY (Епископ Архимандрит Харалампий) awarded the International WFF-WBBF President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS with the St. Nicholas the Wonderworker’s Silver-Gold Medal (Позолоченная Серебренная Медаль Святого Николая Чудотворца).
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LVOV – LEOPOLIS - THE LION CITY.
On June, 2013 the International President of the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS payed the Official Visit to the Ukraine City Lvov.
Having beautiful historic background and nice history rich with the original architectual monuments and buildings Lvov with it‘s 800 000 Cityzen is a real old European City.
Coming to Lvov the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was respectfully met by the Lvov City Official Representatives and who followed him to the best ancient Lvov City „Leopolis“ Hotel Appartments.
MAJOR CITY LVOV ANDREJ SADOVYJ.
During the first day of the Official Visit to the City Lvov the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS at the Municipal Lvov City Headquarters had the Official Meeting with the City Major ANDREJ SADOVYJ (голова львовской городской рады Андрiй Садовий).
Also at the meeting were present the Chairman Administration City Lvov ANDRIJ MOSKALENKO (Андрiй Москаленко), the Chairman of the City Social and Sport Affairs, the Chairman of the City Foreign Affiars and the President WFF-WBBF Region West Ukraine VASILIJ BESPALENKO.
The questions of the common future work in total fitness and Professional sport were spoken over and the preparation of the huge WFF-WBBF International Event in the City of Lvov started.
DOCTOR OF SCIENCES, DSC . HIGH EVALUATION OF WORK DONE – UNEXPECTED SURPRISE.
After the evaluation of the International work done by the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS the Lvov City Stavropigion University (started it‘s history in 1788) presented EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS the Honorable Academic „University Science Doctor‘s“ Degree (Doctor Honoris Causa, Doctor of Sciences, DSc).
And this is the Highest Academic Degree and this is already the actual International Bodybuilding Sport HISTORY.
At the Lvov City Stavropigion University Honour Ceremony were present many High Representatives of Science, among them the Rector Lvov Stavropigion University, Vice President UNESCO Programm Centre Professor JAROSLAV KMIT (Ярослав Кмiт), the Rector Moscow University and Academic of the International Academy of Euroasia, Academic Science Academy High Scools Ukraine, Professor VIKTOR IDZIO (Вiктор Iдзьо).
FIRST BODYBUILDING AND FITNESS UNIVERSITY CAPHEDRA.
During the Lvov City Stavropigion University Science Council meeting the Lvov City Stavropigion University presented to the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS the Honorable Academic „University Science Doctor‘s“ Degree (Doctor Honoris Causa, Doctor of Sciences, DSc).
Also during the Lvov City Stavropigion University Science Council meeting was announced that the Lvov City Stavropigion University Bodybuilding and Fitness Caphedra was been established.
Then the President WFF-WBBF Region West Ukraine VASILIJ BESPALENKO was appointed to lead the Lvov City Stavropigion University Bodybuilding and Fitness Caphedra.
VASILIJ BESPALENKO is the first known Ukraine participating Internatiional Bodybuilding Athlete (from 1973). During the prohibition of bodybuilding sport in the Socialist Countries VASILIJ BESPALENKO was brave enough to come to Klaipeda (Lithuania) and participate at the Worlds Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding „Amber Prix International“ Contests (1968-2013) that were regularly organized by EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. At those times the „Amber Prix International“ Competitions were the unofficial Bodybuilding Championship of the USSR and the World Championship of the Socialist Countries as well in fact. And this fact was officially recognized by the USSR Sport Ministry (Goskomsport) when later the USSR Sport Ministry started to present the Highest „USSR Sport Master“ Degrees for the „Amber Prix International“ Champions.
When the times of bodybuilding prohibition in the Socialist Countries were over the above mentioned Ukrainian VASILIJ BESPALENKO was the first Official President National Bodybuilding Federation Ukraine, recognized by Ukraine State Sport Ministry (1986-1990).
From now led by VASILIJ BESPALENKO the Lvov City Stavropigion University Bodybuilding and Fitness Caphedra will prepare highest level Bodybuilding and Fitness trainers and teachers for the Ukraine State.
INNAR MARDO – THE HEART OF ESTONIA BODYBUILDING.
During the long lasting history of Estonia bodybuilding there were no more so High Bodybuilding Personalities, so skilled organizers and trainers as INNAR MARDO.
INNAR MARDO started his International activities with the prestigeous „Georg Tenno Memorial“ competitions. During his life he became very Professional in this sport. Together with the contemporary President of the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International Federation DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, INNAR MARDO was for many years in contact with all main World‘s Bodybuilding Leaders such as BEN WEIDER, OSCAR HEIDENSTAM, SERGE NUBRET.
AMBER PRIX INTERNATIONAL.
Representing Estonia for many years INNAR MARDO was the Head of all National Teams to the World‘s Oldest Tradinional Bodybuilding Contest – the „Amber Prix International“ (1968-2013).
During the twenty years of prohibition and prosecution of Bodybuilding Sport in the Socialist Countries and the USSR, the „Amber Prix International“ (evey year organized in Klaipeda, Lithuania) was the unofficial World Bodybuilding Championship of the Socialist Countries and the Bodybuilding Championship of the USSR (see in various languages more information on the International Internet Site www.wff.lt main page and forum topics „World Bodybuilding History. How it was in real“ and also in the Official WFF-WBBF International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“, Issues No. 28,33,34).
FIRST PARTICIPATIONS ABROAD.
For the 20 years of bodybuiding prohibition and prosecution in the Socialist Countries and the USSR bodybuilding contests were organized very hard and Always not regularly. The only one exception was „Amber Prix International“. Bodybuilders could only dream to participate at bodybuilding contests abroad. Again DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took the initiative. Working for the coming mutual International Event in Czechoslovakia, DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS communicated with the President National Bodybuilding Federation Czechoslovakia VOJTECH FIALA, the organizers Professor FRANTISEK BULVA, IVEN MACH, IVAN KOLOUCH.
Finally DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS reached the aim – the official invitations and permitions were received and the top USSR bodybuilders could go to compete in Czechoslovakia. Working on this Project DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took part in two Congresses of the Council National Bodybuilding Federation Czechoslovakia (1977, Brno, Bratislava), visited the Camp of the National Bodybuilding Team Czechoslovakia, had meetings with the publishers of the Czechoslovakia Sport Magazine „Trener“ JOSEF MAZAK and MILAN PERDOCH. But it happened as it happens very often – a number of the USSR bodybuilding leaders started inner fighting and this ruined the USSR-Czechoslovakia Project so hard developed by DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and National Bodybuilding Federation Czechoslovakia.
Then DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS gave his preliminary work done to INNAR MARDO. Using personal contacts of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS Estonia made the first step abroad and participated at the International Bodybuilding Contest in Poland. OLEV ANNUS was the Over All Winner again and this attracted attention to the Soviet Bodybuilding and participating Athletes very much. Estonians received a number of new invitations to participate at the International Events in the Socialist Countries. Then led by INNRA MARDO Estonians OLEV ANNUS and INDREK OTSUS (also the Champion of the „Amber Prix International“) were the Winners again.
Later on when times of the „Gorbachov perestrojka“ came many other Estonia bodybuilding teams managed to participate at the International Events abroad. These Estonia bodybuilding teams were led by PRANAS MICKEVICIUS and PAVEL KOSENKO.
In 1989 DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS for several months was working in Tallinn. This year Estonia bodybuilding was going down and nobody wanted to organize any competitions.
Supporting the Estonians DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS spoke with INDREK OTSUS and pressed him to take the initiative to organize „Georg Tenno Memorial“. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS invited bodybuilding teams of the surrounding countries and the contest was successfuly organized.
NATIONAL FEDERATION WFF-WBBF ESTONIA.
Ending the nineties of the last Century INNAR MARDO was very active in the work of the WFF-WBBF International. At that time the National federation WFF-WBBF Estonia was set and registered officially. INNAR MARDO was the first President of the National Federation WFF-WBBF Estonia.
In 2001 INNAR MARDO was one of the main organizers of the WFF-WBBF Europe Championship in the capital Estonia City of Tallinn.
After unexpectidly early INNAR MARDO passed away the Estonians use to organize anual „Innar Mardo Memorial“ Contest.
During the last period of time the Presidents of the National Federation WFF-WBBF Estonia were a number of known bodybuilders and organizers: INNAR MARDO (1998-2001 m.), PAVEL KOSENKO (2001-2008 m.), IGOR ODNENKO (2008), ALEKSANDR SEVCOV (after 2009 m.).
In 2009 National Federation WFF-WBBF Estonia organized the WFF-WBBF Amateur World Championship in Tallinn. No other International bodybuilding contest in Estonia sport history had never been so high in the level of organization, level of the athletes, number of the participating countires.
During the last period one of Estonia Reform Party Leaders ALEKSEJ FILATOV works very muchfor the country bodybuilding.
HIGHEST OFFICIAL MEETINGS.
Developing bodybuilding sport in Estonia a number of important official meetings were made.
In 2008 Intrenational President WFF-WBBF DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took part at the official meeting at the Estonia National Olympic Committee and discussed sport problems with the General Secretary NOC Estonia TOOMAS TONISE.
In 2009 Intrenational President WFF-WBBF DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took part at the official meeting with Estonia Reform Party (Reformierakond) Leaders at the Estonia Parliament (Riigikogu).
Also in 2009 Intrenational President WFF-WBBF DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took part at the official meeting at the Ministry of Culture Republic Estonia where discussed sport matters with the vice minister TONU SEIL who was responsible for the sport in Estonia.
ESTONIA GREATEST INTERNATIONAL EVENTS EVER.
During the history of Estonia bodybuilding three great International Events were organized. That were Amateur World Championships (WFF-WBBF in 2009 and IFBB in 2010) and WFF-WBBF Amateur Europe Championship (2001).
ESTONIANS – WORLD BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONS.
During the history of Estonia bodybuilding a number of Estonians became World Amateur Champions. That were OLEV ANNUS (1992, NABBA), MAREK KALMUS (2005,WFF-WBBF), ALEKSANDR SEVCOV (2009, Over All WFF-WBBF World Champion), OTT KIIVIKAS (2010, IFBB).
The only one of Estonia bodybuilders ALEKSANDR SEVCOV became the WFF-WBBF Professional World Champion (2010).
FEDERATION WFF-WBBF SCANDINAVIA.
During the last 20 years representatives of the Scandinavia Countries of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway many times participated at the International WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) Events.
To meet the lacal sport leaders and sportsmen the President WFF-WBBF International DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS visited Denmark and Sweden.
Hard working for the sport development the President National Federation WFF-WBBF Denmark PALLE RASMUSSEN (Palle Katring – Rasmussen) united the regional countries and now he leads the WFF-WBBF Scandinavia Federation for it‘s future goals.
In 2013 the representatives of Scandinavia Bodybuilding Sport visited the International Headquarters WFF-WBBF in Klaipeda (Lithuania). The future plans of the developing bodybuilding in their region were spoken over.
As a result today the Great International Names of WFF-WBBF Scandinavia Bodybuilding are:
- Multiple Amateur World and “Universe” Champion PALLE RASMUSSEN (Denmark)
- Over All WFF-WBBF World Amateur Champion, WFF-WBBF Amateur Europe Vice Champion and WFF-WBBF Professional World Vice Champion RACHEL KAUPPILA (Finland)
- WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship Vice Champion ALTE KIELLAND (Norway)
-WFF-WBBF Professional World Vice Champion VILPONEN TIMO PEKKA (Finland)
- WFF-WBBF World Amateur Champion and WFF-WBBF Professional World Vice Champion KAI KAKNES ANDRE (Norway).
HALL OF FAME KINGDOM DENMARK.
We would like to underline that due to the extraordinary International Sport Work in 2008 the President WFF-WBBF International DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and the Governor State California ARNOLD ALOIS SCHWARZENEGGER received the Special Award – both of them were included to the Honour Book (Hall of Fame) of the Kingdom of Denmark.
“Mr. Edmundas Daubaras is a constant source of wisdom to the muscle sport all over the World, and his work is promoting Fitness and Bodybuilding is without comparison.
Furthermore Mr. Edmundas Daubaras is a true gentleman and always the Athletes spokesperson No.1, and his work will forever remain a true gesture to anybody with interest in the fine sport of Bodybuilding and shaping bodies.
It is our hope, that Mr. Edmundas Daubaras will remain a true friend of the sport in many years, and we hereby welcome him in the fine company of HALL OF FAME.
13 other Prominent International Persons were nominated this year, but the Jury voted for Mr. Edmundas Daubaras; and he is now in the fine company of amongst others as Arnold Schwarzenegger who received the Honor in 2006.”
Chairman of the Hall of Fame Kingdom Denmark.
WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International started it‘s activities with the historical „Amber Prix International“ contests (1968-2013).
Belarus bodybuilders started participating at the „Amber Prix International“ contests in 1977. Then the first competitors were VALERIJ BOGDANOVIC and VLADIMIR ALEKSANDROVIC.
At the 1995 “AMber Prix International“ the Winners were VIKTOR SACHARUK and TATJANA KOVALKO.
At the 1996 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship ANDREJ KRIKSIN became a Category Winner.
At the 1998 WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship the Vice Champion was TATJANA KOVALKO.
At the 2001 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship the Vice Champion was DMITRIJ KRASKOVSKIJ.
„AMBER PRIX INTERNATIONAL“. TIME OF PROHIBITION AND PROSECUTION OF BODYBUILDING.
Due to the political reasons in the early seventies of the last century for nearly two decades Bodybuilding was prohibited and prosecuted in the Socialits Countries, especially in the USSR (Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics). Most Bodybuilding leaders got afrayed of the Communist Regime and step away, but not all of them. Among the few left fighters for the recognition of Bodybuilding was DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS who on his own initiative and his own risk began the dialoque with the USSR Communist Party Central Committee (Центральный Комитет Коммунистической Партии), the USSR Government (Правительство СССР), the USSR Sport Ministry (Goskomsport, Госкомспорт) administration and the most important communist press – Newspapers „Pravda“ (Правда), „Izvestija“ (Известия) and „Sovietskij Sport“ Советский спорт). DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote many letters, many times he spoke on phone with the represntatives of the Institutions mentioned above. Finally DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS personally went to to the USSR Capital City Moscow (Russia) to present the officially registered Bodybuilding defending letters to the Headquarters of the all mentioned above Institutions. Those letters of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was like a real „petition“ of the Bodybuilding Sport.
Nobody of the Communist Regime leaders stopped the prohibition and the prosecution of Bodybuilding, but they gave the unbelievable unique permittion for DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to go on organizing „Amber Prix International“ Bodybuilding Contest in Klaipeda City (Lithuania). In fact for the two decades of Bodybuilding prohibition the „Amber Prix International“ was the unofficial USSR Bodybuilding Championship and this fact later was accepted by the USSR Sport Ministry when it began presenting honourable „USSR Sport Master“ names for the „Amber Prix International“ Champions. In fact, having no other alternative for the over twenty years time the „Amber Prix International“ was the World Champiosnip of the Socialist Countries. In that time World level Contests in the Western Countries were no higher in the level of Bodybuilders and in the level of organisation, no higher in the number of the participating Countries. In some aspects „Amber Prix International“ was even higher that those in the West.
OFFICIAL BELARUS NATIONAL FEDERATION.
Working without official juridical registration for many years the Belarus bodybuilding was led by VALERIJ BOGDANOVIC, VLADIMIR ALEKSANDROVIC, contemporary General Secretary National Olympic Committee Republic Belarus SERGEJ KATULIN and DMITRIJ KRASKOVSKIJ.
In 2010 the official National Belarus WFF-WBBF federation was registered in the country. The President of the federation is VLADIMIR KURILCIK.
In 2012 VLADIMIR KURILCIK was appointed to the position of the President WFF-WBBF Europe and in 2013 VALENTINA KOZLOVSKAJA was appointed to the position of the Chairman Model Fitness Division WFF-WBBF Europe.
BEST BELARUS BODYBUILDERS.
Being for many years silent on International Sport Level Belarus suddenly became so high with a number of talanted bodybuilders.
VALENTINA KOZLOVSKAJA became the Over All Winner of the 2012 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship, the Over All Winner of the „Amber Prix International“ and the medalist of the WFF-WBBF Pro World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“, the medalist of the WFF-WBBF Pro Europe Championship.
SERGEJ KOSTEL was the medalist of the 2012 WFF-WBBF Professional World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ and the medalist of the WFF-WBBF Professional Europe Championship as well.
ANDREJ DAVYDCIK was the Champion of the 2013 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship and the Champion of the 2013 WFF-WBBF Professional World Cup.
ALEKSANDR BORSAN was the Champion of the 2012 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship, the medalist of the 2011 WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship too.
ILJA LUKAVEC was the Over All Winner of the 2012 Junior WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship and the Vice Champion of the WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship as well.
WFF-WBBF EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Led by the President Belarus National WFF-WBBF Federation VLADIMIR KURILCIK in 2012 the WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship was held in Belarus City of Bobruisk. The Championship collected over 300 athletes from over 30 participating countries.
To participate at the International Congress and at a number of Press Conferences the International President DSc.EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, WFF-WBBF International Vice President ANDREJ BASOV and President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE visited Belarus in 2012.
2013. WFF-WBBF BELARUS AUTUMN CONTESTS INTERNATIONAL.
President WFF-WBBF Belarus VLADIMIR KURILCIK (Владимир Курильчик) informes about the coming International Contests that will be held in Belarus this autumn:
- 2-d International Contest „2013 WFF-WBBF Slaviansky Cup International“ («Славянский кубок», October 26, City Vitebsk)
- International Contest „2013 WFF-WBBF Belarus Fit-Kid and Aerobic Fitness International“ («Фит-кид и аэробный фитнес», November 30, City Brest).
WORLD‘S OLDEST TRADITIONAL BODYBUILDIONG CONTEST.
WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) starts it‘s International Bodybuilding Events from 1968. That are the World‘s Oldest Anual Traditional Bodybuilding „Amber Prix International“ Competitions (1968-2013).
AMATEUR EVENTS INTERNATIONAL.
WFF-WBBF International holds the folowing anual World‘s Most Important International Amateur Events:
- WFF-WBBF „Amber Prix International“ (from 1968)
- WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship (from 1968)
- WFF-WBBF Europe Amateur Championship (from 1990)
- WFF-WBBF Amateur „Universe“ (from 2000)
- WFF-WBBF World Grand Prix (from 1991)
- WFF-WBBF Europe Grand Prix (from 2005).
PROFESSIONAL EVENTS INTERNATIONAL.
WFF-WBBF International holds the folowing anual World‘s Most Important International Pro Events:
- WFF-WBBF Pro World Championship (from 2004)
- WFF-WBBF Pro World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ (from 2011)
- WFF-WBBF Pro Europe Championship (from 2006)
- WFF-WBBF Pro „Universe“ (from 2012)
- WFF-WBBF Pro World Grand Prix (from 2004).
2013 WFF-WBBF „UNIVERSE“.
On June 8 in Slovakia Brusno Kupele resort starts the anual WFF-WBBF Amateur „Universe“.
The 2013 WFF-WBBF Professional „Universe“ (30 000 US dollars) will be held in November in the Russia Saratov City.
Poland and Czechoslovakia were ones of the first European Countries which started developing Bodybuilding Sport in the Europe Continent. WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International historically is connected with Polish Bodybuilding from the old sixties of the last century. There were many different common actions together in Lithuania and Poland, but unfortunatelly that had no constant working background. From the seventies up to nineties Bodybuilding Sport was prohibited and prosecuted in the Socialist Countries, especially in the USSR. Every survived as they could then.
At that time knowing various languages the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was personally in the centre of all most important International Bodybuilding Events. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was in touch with nearly all World‘s Bodybuilding Leaders of all International Federations and of many National Federations as well. Every possible moment EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was visiting and corresponding them.
When everybody was afrayed to work for Bodybuilding EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS did a risky for those times of Bodybuilding prohibition preliminary work and sent to a Polish Event a Legendary Estonia Bodybuilding Leader INNAR MARDO and the Over All „Amber Prix International“ Winner OLEV ANNUS (for many years „Amber Prix International“ was the onofficial USSR Bodybuilding Championship later recognized by the Sport Ministry). It was Poland which hosted first Best USSR Bodybuilders at the International Contest in Warszawa (1979). Then OLEV ANNUS became the Over All Winner in Warszawa.
For more details see the International Bodybuilding Page www.wff.lt, read „Articles“ and also forum topic „World Bodybuilding History. How it was in real“.
POLISH BODYBUILDING THUNDERSTONE EXPOLSION.
Under the initietive of ANDRZEJ MACIEJEWSKI Poland National Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation became a constant member of the WFF-WBBF International in 2006.
During these years a very noticable and important work was done by the Over All World Amateur Champion ALEKSANDRA KOBIELAK who with her unique personal Great Talant leads the WFF-WBBF International „Fit-Kid“ Divission now.
Under the support of the Minister Sport Poland ZBIGNIEW PACELT in 2008 Poland organized a successfull WFF-WBBF Amateur World Championship in Bydgoszcz City. The Over All Winner was WOJCIECH MAX NADOLSKI and the contemporary National President WFF-WBBF Poland ANDRZEJ MAJCHRZYK was the Vice Champion too.
In 2012 Best Bodybuilders Poland entered a number of World‘s most important International Bodybuilding Contests – the WFF-WBBF Pro World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ (30 000 US dollars), WFF-WBBF World Amateur Championship and WFF-WBBF Pro „Universe“.
In May, 2013 the WFF-WBBF Poland organized a terrific National Championship (Starogard Gdanski) and participated with a strongest National Team possible at the 45-th „Amber Prix International“ (1968-2013) and WFF-WBBF Europe Cup Open in Kaunas (Lithuania). To say the truth – the Bodybuilding World was in real shok. Nobody ever expected that Poland has so many good International Level of Bodybuilders! Polish Bodybuilders proved that today only the USA, Russia, Brazil and Iran can be on the same level as Bodybuilders Poland are. The WFF-WBBF International thanks the National Federation WFF-WBBF Poland for good work done and we are proud of them! Go on, Poland!