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In 2011 WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) held the 43-d „Amber Prix International“ (1968 – 2011) Contest in Kaunas (Lithuania). Bodybuilding specialists and fans know very much about this World’s Oldest Competition. For many years when Bodybuilding Sport was prohibited in the Socialist Countries (especially in the USSR) the “Amber Prix International” used to be like the World Championship of the Socialist Countries, the unofficial Championship of the USSR. Having in mind the high level of the Event and it’s political value to the International Sport, various special services and secret structures followed it. The importance of the “Amber Prix International” proves the fact, that right after the “Perestrojka” started the Ministry of Sport USSR (Goskomsport) started to give highest honorable “Soviet Sport Master” degrees and other privileges for the Champions of this Competition.
The 1981 “Amber Prix International” was exceptional with the Socialist State Politics. Russian weightlifter E.MOROZ was responsible for the Bodybuilding Sport in the Ministry Sport USSR then. But the real working President Russia Bodybuilding Federation was VLADIMIR SUBOV in fact. After Russian Bodybuilder VLADIMIR DUBININ lost his titles against Estonian OLEV ANNUS and Lithuanian PRANAS MURAUSKAS in 1974, he was out of the game for many years. VLADIMIR DUBININ appeared in sport society at the “Amber Prix International” in Klaipeda only in 1986.
Then in 1981 at the Meeting International Judges Council participated EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, VLADIMIR SUBOV, ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS, ARKADIJ KASANSKIJ, ALEKSANDRAS NOVIKOVAS and some other International Level Judges and Organizers. President Lithuania Bodybuilding Federation ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS told the Judges that it is high time to change the Leading Bodybuilder and to stop the successful career of Estonian Athlete OLEV ANNUS. At that time already twice winning the “Amber Prix International” and a number of International Events in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia OLEV ANNUS was the sole Leader among Bodybuilders of the Socialist Countries. Under the pressure of ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS the Judges did as he told them. The Over All Winner’s Title at the 1981 “Amber Prix International” went to Lithuanian Sportsman SAULIUS MISEVICIUS. Loosing the battle OLEV ANNUS was in shock. He has written letters accusing the International Judges but the result was impossible to change.
In 2010 at the WFF-WBBF Am and Pro World Championship in Slovakia Brusno Kupele resort VLADIMIR SUBOV came there with the National Team Germany. Having possibilities to speak free now he explained the political situation of the 1981. He told us that the sport life of OLEV ANNUS was decided in Moscow long before he participated in Klaipeda at the 1981 “Amber Prix International”. Then the USSR Communist Party Central Committee ruled everything, sport too. Having information that OLEV ANNUS wants to leave the Soviet Union the USSR Communist Party Propaganda Council gave orders to the Sport Ministry USSR and E.MOROZ gave orders to ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS – get down the Estonian Bodybuilder. So using the Judges he did.
Let us speak about one more historical moment of bodybuilding and let You judge about us by our works, not words.
For quite a long period of time bodybuilding was prohibited in the USSR and it was not supported in all socialist World. Everywhere gyms were closed, contests prohibited, sportsmen were prosecuted, media flew as maximum dirt as possible to bodybuilding. Under pressure of the Communist Party the Ministry Sport USSR (Union Soviet Socialist Republics) issued a strict order against bodybuilding and this way they had a law basis to follow bodybuilders. For many years of prosecution in the Sport Ministry (Goskomsport) employed former weightlifter E.MOROZ (later V.TAMARLAKOV) had been responsible for bodybuilding. A step below of them was another one representative Lithuanian ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS. Everybody was afrayed to fight or even to say a single word to stand for bodybuilding. As in such a wide territory nobody organized bodybuilding contetsts, but EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS dared to do it first with „Amber Prix International“ in Klaipeda (Lithuania). ROMANAS KALINAUSKAS and other high officials wanted to stop him saying that in case the new procecutions started they are not going to loose their Communist Party certificates and they will stay away from EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. Nevertheless E.DAUBARAS did it on his own risk. The contest in Klaipeda took place, only the EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS played his game with the Sport Ministry and he had to make some artificial changes adding power exercises to the usual programme. Just after this EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS started active correspondence with the Sport Ministry USSR as well as with main USSR political media: newspapers „Pravda“, „Izvestija“, „Soviet Sport“, which used to publishe awfull articles against bodybuilding (like „Trijanskij kon kulturizma“..). Then EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS wrote a number of articles protecting bodybuilding and started to collect signatures of known people under these articles. It became the pettition to unite people to protect bodybuilding sport (these historic materials are in the archieves of the WFF-WBBF International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation). Then EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS on his risk went to Moscow to register and present these materials at the Central Committe Communst Party USSR and Ministry Council USSR. When back to Lithuania EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS sterted to receive lots of calls from the Central Committe Communst Party USSR. The discussion started. It was evident that some positive agreement may happen. That bothered Lithuanian Communist Leaders. Finally the telepfone of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was totally swiched off line and they invited EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to Klaipeda Headquarters asking to stop pushing highest USSR officials. At the same time though bodybuilding was a prohibited sport they gave EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS permittion to organize anual „Amber Prix International“ in Klaipeda. It is not a secret that for many years „Amber Prix International“ was the only one International bodybuilding contest in the Socialist World and until 1988 it served as a not official Championship of the USSR. If not the „Amber Prix International“ nuobody knows what would have been the history of bodybuilding in the USSR and all Socialist World. Nobody knows how the Socialist bodybuilding sport would have met the first USA bodybuilders that came to the USSR under the leadership of the Owner and life President IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) BEN WEIDER. BEN WEIDER was an old personal friend of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS. For many years they bogth had active correspondence, a number of mutual meetings in various countries. Finally they were working on the setting a Join-Venture Company (again these documents are in the archieves of the WFF-WBBF International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation).
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Today the International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS left from Moscow (Russia) to Riga (Latvia). Then he will be back to Lithuania. After a day in the Office he will be present at the 2011 WFF-WBBF Lithuania Nationals in Ignalina. Uniting 101 countries from all Continents the WFF-WBBF holds over 60 International Events through the World this year.
In the beginning of April the International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS returned from three weeks lasting voyage to Poland, Germany, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovakia and Vatican.
During this vayage a number of Official Meetings and unofficial talks were held. In Poland and Slovakia coming World Championship questions were discussed and set, some more WFF-WBBF VIP meetings were planned in the nearest months. Among them new coming meetings in 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).
At the same time the International President visited the Vatican Administration Headquarters, the Closed Historic Treasure Archieves and the Storage Place of the historically valuable personal items of all Pontifics of Vatican State. Early morning at St. Peter‘s Basilica the President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS participated at the unique personal Mess.
During this official visit definite future palns and projects of common activities with Vatican were spoken over.
International WFF-WBBF worked and still works on the documents and various materials of World‘s Bodybuilding History. The WFF-WBBF „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ Magazine started in English, Russian and Lithuanian languages in 1989. During this period of time the WFF-WBBF printed and spread through the World several millions copies of the Magazine. „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ is awailable at the National WFF-WBBF federations in all 103 Country - members of the WFF-WBBF International as well as at the most important World‘s International Bodybuilding and Fitness Events.
At the Soviet times Universities of different countries used to change students in between. While studying Law and Philology at the Vilnius State University contemporary International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS in such studnet‘s groups two times visited Czechoslovakia (1974 and 1976). Sport contacts with Czechoslovakia bodybuilding leaders started at once. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS had constant meetings and correspondence with the President IFBB Czechoslovakia VOJTECH FIALA. VOJTECH FIALA was a smart and active Bodybuilding Official and it was most result of his personal work that in 1974 Czechoslovakia broke the „Iron Wall“ of communists and started participating at the World and Continental Championships in the Western World. It was PETR STACH who won the European Championship first time in bodybuilding history representing Socialist Countries in 1975. PETR STACH performed a complicate multy - pose posing routine accompanied by the music. He tought Western Bodybuilders the posing lessons and after his successfull participation new posing ideas started in the bodybuilding World. Before this at the Official Contests the Bodybuilders used to pose on a small podium. It was like this: a bodybuilder went on 1 x 1 meter podium, hit 1 - 2 poses, then thought for some time and hit 1 - 2 more poses again and that was all. What is interesting that during this „hard“ posing program bodybuilders somehow managed to forget and skip 1 or 2 poses... That was a topic of discussion after the routine.
There are different point of views, there are different oppinions. But on what basis they are built? Often people discuss the history of bodybuilding never themselves being involved in any historic process. Often they only heard something...
International President WFF-WBBF EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS personally took part in many important International Sport Events and still is. Many superior International Bosybuilding Events had happened not only with the participation of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, but often he himself was the initiotor of those Historic Bodybuilding Events and Happenings.
For many years among all USSR Bodybuilding Leaders EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was the only one to know several foreign languages. That gave the opportunity for EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to communicate with all International Bodybuilding Leaders through the World. Let us remember the famous International Press Conference when BEN WEIDER came to the USSR first time. Then this long lasting Press Conference turned into a two hours lasting dialogue of BEN WEIDER and EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS.
Again the “Amber Prix International”, Klaipeda, Lithuania, the historic year of 1986. Nothing to do – this is the history of our sport.
After 12 years of being nowhere fare away from sport and after getting personal invitation of EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS the contemporary President IFBB Russia VLADIMIS DUBININ appears on Bodybuilding Stage again. The former Great Bodybuilder was making his first steps as Organizer and Official. We remember VLADIMIR DUBININ was exactly the same level and same size at the best years of the Legendary ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. Due to the communist “Iron Wall” the fortune was not successful and in that time and that perfect shape VLADIMIR DUBININ could not confront the best Western Bodybuilders.
The 1986 “Amber Prix International” was famous of the wins of the Best Socialist World Bodybuilders of the time: VIKTORAS JUCYS and OLEGAS ZURAS (both from Lithuania). The two Soviet Monsters started their way of Glory (later on VIKTORAS JUCYS ended as the first Over All USSR Champion, OLEGAS ZURAS as the Over All Heavyweight IFBB World Champion).
No Secret that History of Bodybuilding is built on myphs and false information. Mostly the History of Bodybuilding we face today is written for a single Commercial Company, which has fooled International Sport Society for decades (see www.wff.lt, read FORUM topic „IFBB/EFBB illegal financial deals“).
We have many juridic documents (over 600) to prove what we say. Seing them it is evident how for decades we were fooled by this organization.
During the last fourty years International President WFF-WBBF (World Fitness federation, World Body Building Federation) EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS personally took part at many most important International historic bodybuilding events. At many of them EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was not only a participant, but even many of these events had happened under his initiative.
During all his active life in sport EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was always in good friendly relations with the International Bodybuilding Top Personalities: BEN WEIDER, WAYNE DE MILIA, PAMELA KAGAN, PAUL CHUA, SERGE NUBRET, OSCAR HEIDENSTAM, IVAN DUNBAR, VOJTECH FIALA. During a long period of time to set some definite questions the Owner and life President of the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) BEN WEIDER many times used to ask EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to meet his assistant RAFAEL SANTONJA. Even today EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS communicates with nearly all International bodybuilding leaders who play important role in the World‘s Sport movement.