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Since the beginning of the crises in the Syrian Arab Republic, more than 1.5 million people have lost their homes and livelihoods. People have been suffering not only physically but also mentally as a result of constant fears, uncertainties and lack of a support.
In order to support those in need, once again, world’s leading sport organizations, athletes and enthusiasts use the power of sports to promote a culture of non-violence and peace; where social, cultural, political, religious and other differences are respected and humanity and the love dominates.
To address issues which became terrifying reality for people in Syria and boost their physical and mental health and show that they still have friends, National Federation WFF Japan, WFF-WBBF International and National Olympic Committee Syria (NOC) came to work together in organizing 2013 “Peace Sports Festival” in Damascus, Syria (September, 2013).
OFFICIAL VISIT TO SYRIA.
On January, 2013 the Founder and Chairman of the International Project “Peace Sports Festival”, President of the National Federation WFF-WBBF Japan, Vice- President WFF Asia and a former European Amateur Fitness Champion Mr. EVGENY LATYPOV was on the official visit to Damascus to meet the President NOC Syria Gen. MUWAFFAQ JUMA and other NOC officials to discus possibilities of organizing the International “Peace Sports Festival” in Syria.
The President of NOC Gen. MUWAFFAQ JUMA received Mr. EVGENY LATYPOV at the NOC’s Headquarters, where the decision to organize the festival was reached. Mr. EVGENY LATYPOV and the Gen. MUWAFFAQ JUMA concentrated not only on the technical side of the festival, but also on its social impact. Important question how sports included into the festival (Bodybuilding, Fitness, Boxing, Athletics, Swimming, and Chess etc.) would benefit the society was closely studied.
NOC has insured Mr. EVGENY LATYPOV to support organizing the festival.
Mr. EVGENY LATYPOV visited two Olympic Sports Complexes in order to asses them as possible sites for the Festival. Both are fully equipped for the festival and ready to welcome International guests at the on-site located hotels (currently the Syrian Government and NOC transformed the hotel rooms into the classrooms so the children who live in high-violence areas and/or whose schools were damaged could continue their education).
IMPORTANT GUESTS OF PEACE SPORTS FESTIVAL.
Along with Professional Athletes from Iran, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, India, Japan, UAE etc., VIP Guests from friendly countries are invited to attend the festival and support the Syrian people too. Among them: International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS (Lithuania), President National Federation WFF-WBBF Russia ANDREJ BASOV, President WFF-WBBF Asia PRINCE UPPAL (India), a famous International Businessman and Mecenat STEFAN HRCKA (Slovakia), a Kuwaiti Politician, President Olympic Council of Asia, Member of the International Olympic Committee SHEIKH AHMAD AL-FAHAD AL-AHMED AL-SABAH (Kuwait), Ambassador of Peace and University Professor, a former actor (acted with the legendary BRUCE LEE) and the first World Champion of middle weight full contact karate professional KEN KAZAMA (Japan).
PURPOSE AND VISION OF THE “SPORTS FESTIVAL”.
The International “Peace Sports Festival” fallows the same core principle as any other Professional Sport Event. The festival is not discriminatory and it does not serve the purpose of promoting political policies and it is not affected by any particular nation.
The festival encourages participating all people within a given society, including the disabled, children, men and women, professionals, amateurs and those who have never practiced sports, with proper adjustments made to suit the condition of participants. Sports Festival contributes to personal development of its participants. Professional Athletes benefit from the opportunity to communicate with each other and international friends and exchange experience.
For disable athletes, it provides opportunity return to increase self esteem and set new goals.
For children, Sports Festival is a tool which helps them to develop within values related to respect, peace and cooperation.
For women, is a venue for encouragement, and most important the possibility to get away from fears and difficulties women face during the conflict.
By putting all of these people together, albeit in separate events, it also creates a sense of encouraging of one another and not simply competition, and thus creating new avenues of community which can be applied outside of the “Peace Sports Festival”.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE “SPORTS FESTIVAL”.
The idea to organize “Peace Sport Festival” (former known as “Afghan Power”) originated in 2010. Afghanistan was chosen as the location.
At first it was a single sport event, with only bodybuilding in consideration. However, with time and a positive influence from KEN KAZAMA the event was renamed to “Peace Sports Festival” and more sports were included.
By April 2012 with support from Afghans local community, National Federation WFF-WBBF Japan, Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo, Afghanistan National Olympic Committee and private donors the first “Peace Sports Festival” was organized in Kabul, Afghanistan. After its success and positive influence on all participants the festival was recognized by the President National Olympic Committee Afghanistan Gen. MOHAMMAD ZAHIR AGHBAR as the official - yearly based event.
In 2013 the NOC Syria has also recognized the festival.
For more information about the festival or WFF-WBBF Japan activities please visit: www.wff.jp
Very soon on November 9-11, 2012 in Slovakia Brusno Kupele mountain resort will start the real Professional Sport Event – the WFF-WBBF (World FitnesFederation, World Body Building Federation) Pro World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ (30 000 US dollars). Best World Pro Bodybuilders will fight for the real highest prestigeous places and real money at the Real Pro Sport Contest.
Bodybuilding fans really love their Great Idols, but they seldom think of the basic things, that do matter for the official sport.
For the last two decades and especially during the last running years the best World Professional Bodybuilders use to participate at the Pro Contests in the USA and sometimes in Europe and only very few of them understand why a new Professional commer if he is not representing a well known International Commercial Company never wins at these Pro Events.
First of all look at the basics. All Pro Events in the USA and in Europe are organized by a definite Private Commercial Company and this every Company looks for the profit of this activity. It is Always business and never sport. Every Pro Event has it‘s definite private Owner who makes business of it. Today even the names of the Pro Events have no more connections with official sport as the competitions are called „festival“, „messe“, „carnaval“ or another „classic“ activity.
Most if not all of these Commercial Companies use to buy bodybuilders to advertize their products. These Companies are interested in High Placings of the Bodybuilders they own as they represent their business and their goods and products. Do You think these businessmen really throw away these huge sums of money they declare in the beautiful bodybuilding magazines? Nover! These Private Commercial Companies via Contracts and via other ways use to buy places for the Pros they own and this makes all Pro Shows like a theater and not a as real sport competition. All this is well played as in a real drama theater. Finally all businessmen are satisfied as every of them know the price they payed for the place at a Pro Event. Only the naive bodybuilders who worked hard to come to their long dreamed Pro Contest can not understand why they have lost. Busines is always first. Just pay and You are the Pro Champion in this commercial theater show. It seems today that the only one being legal no profit International Sport Organization of this kind the WFF-WBBF (World FitnesFederation, World Body Building Federation) International cares for the development of bodybuilding in the respected recognozed real sport movement.
International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS arrived for the official visit to Russia.
Together with EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS powerful contemporary World‘s Bodybuilding Giants ALEKSANDR NEVSKY, STEFAN HRCKA, ANDREY BASOV, MICHAIL DYAKONOV arrived to Moscow too. Aiming for the recognition of bodybuilding the official meetings and friendly talks on today‘s most important International bodybuilding questions started.
Also supporting the WFF-WBBF International activities to Moscow arrived famous Hollywood Cinema Actors that connectet their lives with our sport: MATHIAS HUES, SYNTHIA ROTROCK, ROBERT MADRID (he is the National President WFF-WBBF USA), ADRIAN PAUL. The only only missing was ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER.
Already on the first day eleven Luxorious Class Limusines respectfully took the delegates from the placed in Moscow Red Square Ritz Carlton Hotel to the City Tula.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE.
Presenting the nearest most important International bodybuilding events a wide International Press Conference has been held in the Culture Centre City Tula. Together with the Heads WFF-WBBF International the National President WFF-WBBF USA ROBERT MADRID took part in the Press Conference too. Two times „Mr. Universe“ Winner and one of the main organizers of the Professional 2012 WFF-WBBF World Pro Cup "NEVSKY CLASSIC" (15 000 US dollars, November 3, Tula, Russia) ALEKSANDR NEVSKY (called „Russia Schwarzenegger“) presented this very spacial International Event for media as well.
NEAREST STRATEGIC INTERNATIONAL BODYBUILDING GOALS.
During the four days lasting official visit of the Heads of the WFF-WBBF International to Russia the most important strategic International goals were underlined and spoken over. The official meetings with the Heads of the Russia National Olympic Committee, Sport Ministry and Christian Orthodox Church has been planned. The official meeting with the Russia State Governmental Officials of the City Sankt Peterburg has been already organized. The WFF-WBBF International Leaders were invited to particiapte as VIP Guests at the coming Winter Olympic Games that will take place in Russia soon.
More information on the International Site www.wff.lt, see forum topics. Also information available on the Facebook pages: WFF-WBBF International, WFF-WBBF North America, WFF-WBBF South America, WFF-WBBF Asia, WFF-WBBF Europe, WFF-WBBF Africa, WFF-WBBF Asia Continental Federation.
All bodybuilders dream of a Pro Card and of the becoming a Pro Competitor. Let us talk of this.
Though a number of International Bodybuilding Federations tried do organize competitions for the Professional Bodybuilders, nobody even tried to give for the Professional Bodybuilding the required Official Legal Status by the Law. Only the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) did it. Today only WFF-WBBF and IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) have Pro Leagues (Divisions) that unite Best World‘s Bodybuilders and which use to do it on the serious constant basis. All other International Federations do not have Professional Leagues which provide Pro Cards for the sportsmen and which organize Pro Bodybuilding Competitions (to be frank, most of them have a very doubtful juridical legal status, including the IFBB. Read forum topic „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals „ on the International Internet Site www.wff.lt ).
In 2012 WFF-WBBF already organized four Pro Bodybuilding Events in Europe and it is going to organize four more in the nearest weeks. All remember that at the 2011 WFF-WBBF Professional World Championship „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ in Slovakia Brusno Kupele resort nearly 50 World‘s best bodybuilders from Asia, Ameriva, Africa and Europe participated for the highest respected title and money awards.
The WFF-WBBF is the only one in the World to organize Official Contests for Pros, like World and Continental Championships and Cups, that are recognized by Highest International and National Sport Organizations. Pros participating at the unrecognized contests are more like show-men, not real sportsmen from the point of view of the Governmental sport institutions and this is the reason they have never been supported and recognized officially, especially in the USA. Leading the World‘s Bodybuilding and seeking the Recognition of Bodybuilding Sport, the WFF-WBBF International has chosen the Official Way of development that is different from other federations.
For bodybuilding specialists it is eveident, that USA quickly looses it‘s International leaders positions in bodybuilding. Due to the decades lasting mistaken politics of the former USA bodybuilding leaders, today we face the negative results all 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. Does anybody remember a strong USA National Team at a World Championship of any federation?
Bodybuilding in the US is based on many private Companies, which are the owners of the so called „federations“, all competitions belong to them as a private property. This is a business and the owners often are selling everytinig, including contest places. During the last years it is clear as daylight. Nobody wants to develop sport, nobody cares for the sportsmen as they have no profit of this. Even more – the private structures always fight for profit in between. This is the reason, why the USA bodybuilding lives in the chaotic dissorder and it never ends. It negetivelly influences all International Sport in general. There is no one to think of sane lives, total fitness and of the official sport of bodybuilding. But even if they want to, they can not as private Companies are not sport federations by Law.
For our 50 years lasting work and efforts finally today we have nothing connected with official sport, but selling-buying-playing theater only.
When the owner of the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) Commercial Company our respected BEN WEIDER (Canada) tried to get the IOC recognition, he got the IOC refusal to support and to recognize the IFBB. Then the WEIDER brothers sold all their magazines, the „Olympia“ contest and after BEN WEIDER died the IFBB Company was sold as well. During the last fiveteen years the International bodybuilding situation goes worse and worse.
After IFBB split three years ago, the new owner of the IFBB Commercial Company (IFBB does not egzist as 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 commercial Shows, not official recognized sport competitions.
IFBB as sport federation never egzisted by Law in the US. Bodybuilding sport was governed by the NPC (National Physique Committee), but again, by the Law requirements it is not true (you can see the historic and juridic documents in the International Site www.wff.lt forum topics „World‘s Bodybuilding History. How it was in real“, „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“).
During the last period of time the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International Federation received letters from a number of High NPC (National Physique Committee) Officials, Judges and well known-sportsmen. They want to join the International activities of the WFF-WBBF. All of them were invited to come to the nearst International WFF-WBBF Events and start the „live“ dialogue direct.
Let us be frank. The recent private family affair of our sport Heroe, the former Governor State California ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER makes the negative position of the World‘s Bodybuilding even worse. This scandal in the USA was one of the reasons that ARNOLD took his private contest „Arnold Classic“ from the USA to Europe too. The first steps of this Private Contest in Europe are not strong, but let us hope for the best.
Plain and clear presentation of the International Bodybuilding problems is the IFBB itself: juridical lies, cheating other International Organizations, lies to the sportsmen (see documents on the International Site www.wff.lt, read forum topic „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“). We mentioned above that IOC refused to support and to recognize the IFBB. Today we confront more negative news: the International Organmizations „World Games“ and the „Asia Games“ excluded IFBB from their membership and refused to work with the IFBB too.
It seems that the sole WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) uniting today 106 Country-members and representing all Continents do care for saving the image of bodybuilding and making it the official recognized Sport. The WFF-WBBF remains the sole no profit International bodybuilding organization, that is registered according Law requirements and working based on Olympic system. Along with the over 60 International Events World Wide the WFF-WBBF International organizes anual World and Continent Championships, it makes still running one of the World‘s oldest bodybuilding contest „Amber Prix International“ (1968-2012).
Many many new changes are on the way of our sport and we are proud that with the God‘s blessing after our constant work through the last 50 years we have positive results like this finally.
Every year the International Sport Society meets a number of new National and International Federations of various names and various kinds. Being very little public information available people and sportsmen have difficulties to understand what is what. Every of these federations use to declare they are better than the other ones. But that are only declarations. For example NABBA (National Amateur Body Building Association, juridically it is a UK Public Club) was split three times during the last twenty years and the new federations appeared then. After these organizations also fighted inside and again were split. The process never ends and it gives nothing positive especially on for the Official Sport, for the recognition of bodybuilding...
For decades due to the false ways of development by the former International Sport Leaders today nobody looks towards bodybuilding seriously. Former beautiful kind of sport is turned in to business only. Manipulating with sportsmen, doping affairs, health and even lives of bodybuilders is a „normal everyday‘s“ case. Nothing is official and it seems like never stopping children‘s game. Bodybuilding lives in a closed inner circle, closed narrow society, which most people do not like or even hate. This is the image of bodybuilding today. And this image is very negative.
The main question for every federation today is the only one: what really positive this federation is doing for the OFFICIAL SPORT, what it can do to make contemporary problematic bodybuilding to be RECOGNIZED and RESPECTED sport not only for bodybuilders themselves, but for all World‘s public society? We say „really positive“ because most federations say one and do the opposite. For example, a private commercial company IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) declared many interesting positive things. But some years ago after inner fighting the IFBB was split and divided. Then the Vice President IFBB PAUL CHUA (Singapore) and IFBB Lower ALEX BAUER (Austria) published the IFBB juridical documents. The long lasting IFBB lies was finished. The documents proved that he IFBB is not a federation, it is a provate commercial company. High International IFBB Officials were manipulating with doping. They were hiding doping results, for definite amount of money they let the guilty for doping usage sportsmen and officials remain unpunished. They were selling the programmes of how to use doping. That was the reason of a number of court trials in Poland for the High International IFBB Official and National President IFBB Poland PAVEL FILEBORN. The IFBB was hiding the cases when young sportsmen died. For these reasons IOC (International Olympic Committee) refused to recognize the IFBB. For this reason the IFBB was thrown out of the World Games and Asia Games (see documents on the International Site www.wff.lt, read forum topics „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“ and „Various International Federations“). And when this we say about the IFBB the juridical situation in another International Federations is even more worse. We could speak with humor about them, but all they do is not serious. This is the reason no Official International Organizations communicate with them.
WFF-WBBF TAKES THE LEAD
Different to other International Federations being officially registered as a no profit International Social Sport Federation and having historical bodybuilding work background of nearly 50 years, the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International have already tried many ways to go (read in various languages published 33-34 Issues of the International Magazine „Sporto f Fitness and Bodybuilding“ and see on the International Site www.wff.lt, read forum topics „Unknown History of Bodybuilding. How it was in real“).
Being the World‘s Bodybuilding Leader today the WFF-WBBF unites 104 Countries from all Continents. WFF-WBBF International communicates with the Governmental and Social Institutions of many countries. WFF-WBBF is in dialogue with most Official International Sport Structures, like IOC, WADA, GAISF etc..
WFF-WBBF work is supported by a number of International Religiuos Leaders, including the Vatican. Most impressive was the Vatican State evaluation of the positive work of the WFF-WBBF in developing total fitness and bodybuilding throughout the World. For this work done the Vatican Congregat Perfect J. Em. JOZEF KARDINAL TOMKO presented the Vatican Pontific Medals (Medaglia Ufficiale di Pontificato di Sua Santita Benedetto XVI) to the President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and the WFF-WBBF International Official Slovak STEFAN HRCKA (Headquarters State Vatican, Cita del Vaticano, March 29, 2011).
It seems that the WFF-WBBF International is the sole one International Bodybuilding Structure which really cares for the bodybuilding sport to make it recognized and official, to make it real sport as many others Olympic Sports are. It is not easy, even not real, but the WFF-WBBF declares this to be it‘s priority and it permanently goes this way.
That is why we underline that speedy growing number of new federations does not change the position of bodybuilding at all and it has zero value from the point of view of the OFFICIAL SPORT RECOGNITION.
„We always wanted to to do something definite but now people want to be known personalities doing nothing“
EVERYONE PRESENTS HIS OWN HISTORY, BUT NOBODY CAN NEGLECT AND ARGUE WITH THE DOCUMENTS AND FACTS
World‘s Bodybuilding History of the former huge territory of Socialist Countries is not well known to the Western World. To say the truth – it is compleatelly unknown. We want to underline that the World‘s Bodybuilding History was and still is connected directly with one of the World‘s Oldest Traditional still running International Bodybuilding „Amber Prix International“ Contest (1968-2012).
Bodybuilding sport in Socialist Countries survived hard times during the „communist times“. Due to political reasons for more than two decades bodybuilding was prohibited and prosecuted in all Socialist Countries especially in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). We have presented this history in diferent languages in details at the International Page www.wff.lt and at the International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ (issues No. 28 and 34) as wel as in various articles of the International Press and Internet Sites.
For long lasting years of bodybuilding prosecution the contemporary International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was the sole person who dared on his personal risk and responsibility to stand for bodybuilding sport on official level and to confront the highest Political Governmental Institutions of the Communist Times even the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party in Moscow (Russia). We have spoken about this with the Highest Vatican State Officials in 2011 at the Vatican State Headquarters, when the Official Meeting of the International WFF-WBBF Officials was held there. The Highest Vatican State Officials positivelly evaluated the work done by the International President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and the WFF-WBBF International.
On the name of the Pontific the Vatican Congregat Prefect J.Em. JOZEF KARDINAL TOMKO awarded the International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and High WFF-WBBF International Official STEFAN HRCKA with the Vatican Pontific Medals (Medaglia Ufficiale di Pontificato di Sua Santita Benedetto XVI). See detailed reports on the International Page www.wff.lt and International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ (issues 33, 34).
Thanks the God the risky activities and straight dialoque of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS with the Moscow Communist Political Institutions, Sport Ministry and Communist Press ended well. The prohibition of bodybuilding did not stop but they gave permittion for EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to go on organizing the anual Bodybuilding „Amber Prix International“ Contest. This was the real win for all bodybuilders, the real political win against Communist regime of those severe tense times. For many years the „Amber Prix International“ was the sole regular International Bodybuilding Contest of all Socialist Countries as nobody else dared to organize International bodybuilding competitions on regular base but EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. Looking from this angle it gives an extreme importance to the „Amber Prix International“ and it‘s organizers. The period of time from 1968 until now is not so short if to compare with other sports. And this period was extremelly important for the World‘s Bodybuilding as the times of the real risky fight for the sport was going on. Today various people speak various stories of themselves, but what is important – they have never been personally involved in the activities of those times and what they speak now is based on rumours only, not facts. Some of them are not interested to speak of times of bodybuilding prosecution as they were not present there or often some of them then were frightened and hiding themselves away from bodybuilding activities (see International Page www.wff.lt and read International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ (issues 28, 33, 34).
When the USSR Communist Party leader and the first USSR President MICHAIL GORBACIOV came to power and opened the doors for „perestroika“, the better times for bodybuioding sport appeared. A number of International Contests were organized in other Socialist Countries too ( for example „Comsomol Bodybuilding Contest“ in Kaunas City organized by RAMUTIS KAIRAITIS). Then many of those bodybuilders who were hiding away from prosecution during the „hard risky times“ appeared in public again. Among them was after 13 years of „hiding break“ the contemporary IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders“) Russia President VLADIMIR DUBININ. It happened under personal invitation of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS for him come to the „Amber Prix International“ to Klaipeda, Lithuania. And so he did, as the „dark times“ were over. Many such persons today present the Bodybuiding History as there were no „black days“ of bodybuilding prosecution because they also were frightened and were not present at the activities then. Now many of them are „respected heroes“ now, but where they were for the long lasting times of the fight with Communist Polititions for the survival of bodybuilding sport? It was a classic picture we are used to see – if all goes well, they say „we did it all together“, but when all goes bad, then they have the person guilty to sacrify and it is as always EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS who dared to confront the Communist regime in Moscow. Having in mind the background like this we look at the sole regular „Amber Prix International“ bodybuilding contest with diferent eyes an we can not underestimate it too much from political and historical point of view in the World‘s Bodybuilding History.
REALLY SOLE OFFICIAL USSR BODYBUILDING FEDERATION
For the twenty years of the prohibition ond prosecution of bodybuilding in the Socialist Countries until in 1988 the USSR Bodybuilding Federation was set and registered the Klaipeda Body Building Federation was the only one to be official. No other diferent level USSR bodybuilding units with various names and titles were official and legal. Thau were just free units of free sport lovers having no juridical status in real. That is why the Klaipeda Body Building Federation was the only one of the kind to be really legal to deal fith Governmental Institutions. As a result achieved through the EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS confrontation with the Communist Political Institutions Klaipeda Body Building Federation was officially registered and it had a unique permittion to have it‘s own finances and to organize anual „Amber Prix International“. Klaipeda Body Building Federation could not have another name and another higher status as already this was already against normal Communist mentality and position and the Communist regime would never permitted anything more. We were realistic and we were happy to have this.
The Official Legal Status of the Klaipeda Body Building Federation was respected not only by Communist Political Governmental Institutions, but by all known International Bodybuilding Leaders of the Western World too. Being the Lower and as a Phylology specialist knowing a number of languages EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was in friendly relations and easy communicated with the Owner and President of the Private IFBB Company BEN WEIDER, Owner and President of WABBA (World Amateur Body Building Association) SERGE NUBRET, President of the UK Public Club NABBA (National Amateur Body Building Association) OSCAR HEIDENSTAM (see International Page www.wff.lt and read International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ (issues 28, 33, 34).
No surprise that many Bodybuilding Sport Organizers envied Klaipeda Body Building Federation. Some of them even tried to make problems for it. But the time put everybody and everything in it’s right places and today we have a clear picture of who is who and what is what.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF SOCIALIST COUNTRIES
Let us underline once again that for the two dark and hard decades the „Amber Prix International“ was the sole anual International Bodybuilding Contest in the Socialist Countries. Having Official Legal Status for such a long period the „Amber Prix International“ was the unofficial USSR Bodybuilding Championship in fact. This was recognized even by the USSR Sport Ministerium (Goskomsport) which started to give honorable „USSR Sport Master“ names for the „Amber Prix International“ Category Winners. Nobody else dared to fight the Communist regime to organize International Bodybuilding Contests and we can say that the sole recognized and official „Amber Prix International“ was the unofficial World Championship of the Socialist Countries. „Amber Prix International“ collected best Socialist World Bodybuilders in Klaipeda every year. Even today many International Bodybuilding Federations can not reach the level of the „Amber Prix International“ contests of those times not by the level of the sportsmen participating and not by the number of participating athletes. For example in 1989 „Amber Prix International“ in four height categories participated nearly 200 bodybuilders representing 51 team. Today sole World Championship Categories of any International Federation have 50 participants.
Chronologically the folowing activities went this way: paying no attention to the new coming threats from the Russian Moscow Communist regime again the sole one who dared to stand for the Bodybuilding Sport was EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. In 1991 EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was the first to register the National Body Building Association in the Independent Lithuania. Then aganist orders from Moscow EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS collected the best International Level Bodybuilders and went to Europe Championship that was held in Epinal (France). Only later when democratic changes came to Russia other Socialist Countries dared to register National Bodybuilding Federations. But again – they were afrayed and they were hiding themselves when EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was acting when there were the hard times for bodybuiders.
Diferent from all other International Bodybuilding Leaders through over 40 years lasting „Amber Prix International“ History EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS never went away from being personally resposible in his works and sayings and always fulfilled what he sayed. Nothing changed today. Nobody helped EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS in his activities, especially International ones. Everything, every step forward like pioneers we had to do ourselves. Everything EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS did on his own risk and on his own mind. Bodybuilders needed a Gym – this is a Gym for You; Bodybuilders needed a federation – this is a federation for You; Bodybuilders needed a contest – this is the historical „Amber Prix International“ for You; Bodybuilders needed methodical training knowlidge – EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS collected and translated International Sport literature, systemized it and issued in different languages millions of issues of methodical Sport Magazines that grew a number of new generations of Bodybuilders of the World; Bodybuilders needed an International federation – this is the WFF-WBBF International for You too.
It is time today to stop decades lasting lies in International Bodybuilding Sport and to start making permanent changes. The awful situation of the contemporary sport must be changed basically and the ordinary people should start respecting Bodybuilding Sport as it have been long ago. The WFF-WBBF International works hard on this question now.
Try to present in wide public and to evaluate real works done by everybody of us in person. Everybody can speak. But what You have done? Try to do as we did, try to do it for more than 40 yaears non stop including the very hard times for bodybuilding. Be brave enough to pass the real dangerous obstacles. Then we can say we are equal to eveluate the situation and we can sit together and plan the Great Future of the sport we all love so much.
After studying the documents presented in 2012 the Russia Journalists started naming EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS as the „Father of Russia Bodybuilding“ in their articles. Somebody do not like it? Again in this background what is the value of sayings of come people about the History of Bodybuilding when they were not themselves present in this history?
The WFF-WBBF International do has a great long over 40 years lasting History. The WFF-WBBF International has World Wide well known Great Names of the International Level Bodybuilders. Due to the „Iron Wall“ the Socialist World was closed from the Democratic Society and unfortunatelly only few knew about our sport activities and our lives. But it does not mean that nothing happened on the other side of the „Iron Wall“. Many great things happened in Socialist Countries and many of them were better than those ones presented to public in the West.
The new ideas and the Hostory of the World Bodybuilding Sport the WFF-WBBF International presents today are scrutinized and studied by sport specialists of many countries. National Olympic Committees of a number of Countries studied the background of the WFF-WBBF International and agreed with our position (Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Czech, Afghanistan). Ministries of sport of a number of Countries expressed the same position too (Canada, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Czech, Estonia, Lithuania, Uganda). Highest Parliament and Government Officials of different Countries open doors for the WFF-WBBF Officials to discuss the situation in sport and public (India, Canada, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech, Austria, Germany, Greece) . Many our articles are already published in diferent countries through the World. Well known International Bibliothecs ask for the WFF-WBBF International magazines (such as State Leipzig Bibliothec, Germany).
MEET WFF-WBBF SOUTH AMERICA
WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) started activities in South America in 2004, when President WFF-WBBF Argentina JORGE CEDALE came to Italy and met there International President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. Already next year in 2005 National Team Argentina participated at the World‘s Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding Contest – the „Amber Prix International“ (1968-2011) and WFF-WBBF Am World Championship in Europe and that was a good start. From this time after competing at the Continental WFF-WBBF Championship under the guidance of the President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE every year America countries participate at the WFF-WBBF International events on regular basis. Often famous International Athletes use to visit WFF-WBBF South America Championships, among them several times a famous USA Pro competitor MONICA BRANT.
The International public was unexpectidly surprised when in 2007 South America presented numerous over 30 competitors National Teams of 7 America countries at the WFF-WBBF World Am Championship in Moscow (Russia). Due to the great personal activities of JORGE CEDALE now the Continent Federation unites the National Federations of Barzil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia.
GET TO KNOW BEST AMERICA SPORTSMEN
During the last years South America grew and educated and made them famous World Wide such great sportsmen as FERNANDA YOUGLAR, YAMILA TOLEDO, ROSALIA DUTRA (all Argentina), AGUIAR FERNANDEZ ALEKSANDRA XIMENA and ANTONIO OSTA (both Uruguay), CRECKY CHAVES, DALVANIZA AGUINO (both Brazil).
Until 2011 ANTONIO OSTA was the only one from America Continent to hold a WFF-WBBF Pro Card and to win the most prestigeous bodybuilding World Pro Championchip (2008, Vilnius, Lithuania). Two times YAMILA TOLEDO was the Over All Winner of the Worlds oldest „Amber Prix International“ (1968-2011) contest In Lithuania. ROSALIA DUTRA DE CAMPOS was the Over All Winner World Amateur Championship (2006, Tver, Russia) and FERNANDA YOUGLAR was the Over All Winner World Amateur Championship too (2005, Vilnius, Lithuania). AGUIAR FERNANDEZ ALEKSANDRA XIMENA was the Over All „Universe“ Winner (2008, Vilnius, Lithuania).
JORGE CEDALE LEADS AMERICA BODYBUILDING. HIGH INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
When we speak about bodybuilding in South America, there is no other Leading Person to mention but JORGE CEDALE. There are many persons around who speak much, but do not work in real. JORGE CEDALE do not like to talk. He acts. The huge work of the President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE was evaluated on International Level. During the last years a number of times he was awarded with the International Honour Awards and in 2008 in Poland JORGE CEDALE was awarded with the respectfull International Silver Honour Medal. In 2011 leading the WFF-WBBF America delegation on official visit to the Paliament Republic Lithuania JORGE CEDALE for his International work has been praised by high State Officials and Parliament polititions. Speaking at the International Press Conference at the Lithuania News Agency ELTA in 2011, JORGE CEDALE confirmed soon ecpecting much better future results for the Continent.
WIDE INTERNATIONAL PUBLICITY
The only one among all federations today popularising sport World Wide and covering most World‘s Countries the WFF-WBBF publish and gives free real sport non commercial magazines: „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ in English, Russian and Lithuanian (presented in all 103 Country-Members of the WFF-WBBF), „Fitness News“ in German, „Health and Strenght“ in English, „Zeleznyj Mir“ in Russian. The President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE for many years issues Magazine „Fitness Alive“ in Spanish for all South America countries. This is a very good presentation of the WFF-WBBF federation and also it is the way to give popularity for best International athletes in the South America. Often traveling through the USA, JORGE CEDALE presents WFF-WBBF printed materials to the USA sportsmen, at „Olympia“ and „Arnold Classic“ contests as well.
2011 WFF-WBBF SOUTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2011 WFF-WBBF South America Championship was held in Rosario City. The President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE says that his representative in Rosario a former WBBF World Vice Champion ALEJANDRA RUBIO is one of the main talanted organizers in the country. She organizes bodybuilding contests a number of years and always on high level. This time the Contest in Rosario collected and united a hundred of best active bodybuilders from all South America. Being present at the championship the High Argentina Government Sport Official congratulated participants and guests and invited them to come again to Rosario. The 2011 WFF-WBBF South America Over All Winners represented Brazil and she was DALVANIZA AGUINO, Argentina - MIGUEL QVIRAS and Paraguay - FAVIOLA MARTINEZ.
SOUTH AMERICA MEETS INTERNATIONAL BODYBUILDING LEADER
First time the International President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS came to the South America. This was the first official visit of the International Bodybuilding Leader of such a Level to South America in all long lasting history of our sport. By coming to Argentina direct from India, the President WFF-WBBF International EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS this way underlines the huge growing role of South America and Asia in the World‘s Sport Movement. Both the Continents have everything to change the contemporary situation basicly and to become the greatest International Sport Centres leaving behind the old ones, as Europe and USA. And this is one of the reasons that attracts so many Countries to join the WFF-WBBF which leads the International sport today everywhere in the World and cares for sport recognition and development on official level first of all.
2012 WFF-WBBF GRAND FUTURE BODYBUILDING PROJECT IN AMERICA. „BRAZIL VERSUS WORLD“
Visiting Argentina the International President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and the President WFF-WBBF South America JORGE CEDALE set the nearest future goals for the Continent. The President WFF-WBBF Brazil CRECKY CHAVES being present, the WFF-WBBF South America Executive Council made a decission and started developing unbelievable 2012 International Bodybuilding Project in Brazil. That will be the highest Rank International Contest „BRAZIL VERSUS WORLD“. Having in mind constant growing role of Brazil bodybuilding, the Brazil having so many International Class bodybuilders today (as the World Amateur Champion CRECKY CHAVES, as America Champion DALVANIZA AGUINO), in 2012 the WFF-WBBF International will collect and bring best World‘s bodybuilders to confront the Top Brazil Americans. Preliminary date of this Event in Brazil is a week after the anual 2012 WFF-WBBF „Pro Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ (20 000 euro, November, Brusno Kupele, Slovakia). Such a high bodybuilding level will be presented in South America first time, so the Americans will face quite a big work and even bigger responsibility.
(The unseriousness of NABBA was spoken over long ago, it was published in many our documents officially, so now we will touch just some questions again)
NABBA – WHAT IS IT?
Let us not talk of old times, when in 1950 NABBA asked the Magazine „Healts&Strength“ Owners to give it the right to use belonging them „Universe“ name.
All we speak of – the OFFICIAL MATTERS. It does not concern sportsmen and competitions. All sportsmen are respected and have nothing to do with the organizations they participate.
For decades NABBA was acting unfair fooling athletes on juridical matters and still does. When we got in touch with NABBA more that 20 years ago, it seemed for us to be like Official International Sport Organization, that had and still have 2 International Events per year (World and Universe). After the long working NABBA Leader OSKAR HEIDENSTAM (UK) passed, the real chaos and intrigues came to the organization inside.
INTERNATIONAL NABBA CONGRESSES
In general for years the International Congresses of NABBA had only one aim – to collect the annual fee from the participating countries. Very seldom some important questions were discussed ther. As nobody dared to speak, EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS used to rise various other questions, juridical and financial questions first. The reason was one – most East Europe Countries worked and were financed by States (Sport Ministries), which required and requested the stamped juridical documents, real law registration and serious book-keeping. NABBA did not have all this.
NABBA always was a UK organization only.
Many times during the International Congresses EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS spoke on unserious situation, when NABBA UK was the organizer of the World Championship. How it could be? Was there anything International or not? It was unserious. Then IVAN DUNBAR proclaimed new „NABBA International“(we call it NABBA-2), but only proclaimed doing no juridical steps, no registration by law, no registered Constitution. When EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS underlined this, then JOE LOPEZ copied WABBA Constitution and presented it as NABBA‘S.
Sport Ministry Lithuania asked many times of NABBA International registration. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS pressed IVAN DUNBAR to present the necessary juridical documents of NABBA and then finally IVAN DUNBAR told him privatelly that NABBA has no International Registration and there is nothing to present. The only one real fact was that NABBA was a UK public Club. But UK public Club is not an INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION, even not a NATIONAL one. Again it was ridiculous and unserious.
It was strange: NABBA collects fees and never give receipts back. After EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS spoke of this, NABBA started to give „love letters“ instead of book-keeping bills, that were not serious and had nothing to do with real book-keeping.
To say more, ending the previous decade, NABBA had 3 presidents at one time: IVAN DUNBAR, KLAUS HPFFMANN, JOE LOPEZ, who in intrigues fighted in between for many matters, including collecting annual fees. Often it was ridiculous, when before of International Congress each of them did their best to collect fees from more countries this way leaving their opponents with less money.
The fight came to the top in 1999 in Greece and Austria when during the Internatiional Congresses EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS spoke to the presidents of the dissorder in NABBA. Then in 2000 in Australia JOE LOPEZ founded his private Company „NABBA International“ (we call it NABBA-3, today developed to NAC) and JOE LOPEZ started organizing his own „Worlds and Universes“ until he got to prison. Still NABBA-3 still tries to do something, but it is of no Official International importance at the moment. Until now all International activities of all NABBA‘S are not Official and have no Official Recognition nowhere. If a dialogue starts – then what is NABBA? A public Club? Who speaks with a „public club“ on Official International Level?
Having registered only Name and Logo and nothing more from the juridical side, NABBA is just an International gathering of friends from diferent countries. By any Law it can not be treated as an International Sport Organization (no registration, no registered Constitution, no legitemate Stamp etc..). It is fine that it organizes contests for so long years, but it‘s work is not official and this is the reason that NABBA had never received any International support and recognition. Opposite to NABBA – the WFF-WBBF cover all juridical requiremets of the International Sport Organization and this is the reason that many unserious „organizations“ do not like this. They like to live and to work like in a „gipsy tribe“, not officially and that they do. And they have their own reasons to be unofficial.
SAT SHRI AKAL. INDIA NEWS.
GRETATEST INDIA BODYBUILDING EVENT „2011 WFF-WBBF PATHANKOT PUNJAB CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN“
On September 24-26, 2011 the professional „Sheru Classic“ contest took place in India. But the attraction of all India bodybuilders and India media power was focussed towards the greatest 2011 India bodybuilding event: „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ which was held on the same day. The India Pathankot competition was the selection of the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) National Bodybuilding Team India to the coming World‘s most important bodybuilding events: 2011 WFF-WBBF Amateur and Professional World Championships and „Amber Prix OLYMPIA“ in Austria and Slovakia (20 000 euro, November 2-6), more info on the International Site www.wff.lt ). Also the „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ was a rehersal before coming in December the "2011 WFF-WBBF Asia Pro Championship Open" (20 000 euro) which will be also held in India.
The „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ was supported by the India State Minister MASTER MOHAN LAL, who was present at the Event in person. The International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was on the Official Visit in India and participated at the Pathankot Event too. The biggest region streets and squares were decorated with huge contest advertizing posters. Coming from the Press Conference to the Championship‘s Venue the Minister and the International President were folowed by the armed police escort which stopped for this time the trafic in the City Streets. Among numerous Respectfull Guests the Highest State Police and Military Officers were present as VIP Guests at the „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ too.
Being with the official visit in India the International President EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS had a number of various level official meetings among which were two Ministers, two Leaders of India political parties, many other different level State Governmental Officials, sport, social and religious Leaders.
At the „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ a wide press conference was held. Again the India State Minister MASTER MOHAN LAL and the International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS with the President WFF-WBBF Asia PRINCE UPPAL were present at the press conference together. Confirming India to be the Leader in Asia bodybuilding, the huge work and activities of the WFF-WBBF International were presented to public. The WFF-WBBF big future plans spreading healthy way of life and promoting bodybuilding on all levels in India were presented to public media. Many India National and Internatgional media representatives covered the event. A number of reports were on various India State televisions. The Pathankot Event itself was televised too.
The „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ was organized by the National Federation WFF-WBBF India. President WFF-WBBF Asia and India PRINCE UPPAL appreciated huge work that was done by the President WFF-WBBF Pathankot VINOD KUMAR and WFF-WBBF Pathankot Secretary General PANKAJ SHARMA.
The contest collected over 130 competitors from 7 States India. Many competitors came from all other India States but seeing the high level of the contest and huge responsibility to represent India at the coming 2011 World Amateur Championship and „Universe“ in Vienna (Austria) did not dare to compete. The multy-thousand places Stadium-venue of the „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ was full of spectators and fans and that gave a positive mood for all present.
„2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ Contest was crowned by the spectacular Show Programmes of the WBBF Pro Bodybuilders SUKHWINDER SINGH and NAVTEJ SINGH (Both from India).
BODYBUILDING SHOCKING NEWS. NICE FUTURE PROJECT
During the official visit of the International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to India the new strategic international goal was set: in the nearest future to organize the "2011 WFF-WBBF Asia Pro Championship Open" (20 000 euro) in India. Also the WFF-WBBF International Executuive Council thinks of the possibilities to organize not one, but two Pro Events in India in a row (making prize money doubled – 20 000 and again 20 000 euro), just some days separating one Pro Event from another. The President WFF-WBBF Asia PRINCE UPPAL is looking for the possibilities to pay air tickets for overseas professionals.
COMMENT. WE SEEK BODYBUILDING OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AS SPORT
Be frank. 2011 India Pro Bodybuilding event in Mumbai „Sheru Classic“ was of no value seeking bodybuilding recognition as official sport. It was a Show, not a sport competition. Due to strategic mistakes for many years by old International Bodybuilding Leaders spoiled image of bodybuilding is not so easy to recover back. The WFF-WBBF International works hard to make the bodybuilding official and recognized sport. To present USA Pros as the „universal bodybuilding model“ and to say that International Bodybuilding aims to be as they are – makes no sense. Opposite, due to the mistaken politics of the previous International Bodybuilding Leaders today having neggative attitude to bodybuilding through the World this way we would get even worse public responce.
At the same days as „Sheru Classic“ the WFF-WBBF International very sucessfully presented „2011 WFF-WBBF Pathankot Punjab Championship Open“ and that was a real bodybuilding sport contest. And this contest had evident official political sport value to India and the International Bodybuilding as well. India governmental and political leaders were present at this event. Wide media gave huge covering of the event and this event did much positive for popularising sport and healthy way of life in one of the biggest Wold‘s countrties – beautiful India. WFF-WBBF International knows very well the ways to reach strategic goals to get the bodybuilding sport recognition in order everyone to be proud and not ashamed to be a bodybuilder.