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50 YEARS WFF-WBBF INTERNATIONAL. VIP PERSONS.
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HISTORY AFTER THIRTY YEARS.
1989 FIRST BODYBUILDING CONTEST „USSR VERSUS USA“.
AMERICAN PIONEERS CAME TO USSR.
Ending the USSR and breaking the „Iron Wall“ the socialist countries joined  the democratic World. In 1989 the first bodybuilding contest between USSR and USA was organized in the USSR city of Leningrad (Матчевая встреча «СССР-США»). We will not speak about the competition itself as many participants of is did it many times. We will speak about the facts which remained unknown for thirty years.
That was the first time in the history when USA bodybuilders visited the USSR. Both sides made great preparations for the event. Organizers, trainers, athletes worked a lot. Also worked and special secret services, like KGB. Everybody expected that together with USA bodybuilders the owner and the President of the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) BEN WEIDER will visit the USSR too.
LOUIS ZWICK.
In 2002 President WFF-WBBF International (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS met his old friend American LOUIS ZWICK in German Stuttgart. At that time LOUIS ZWICK was a known organizer of International contests like “America Pageant”, “Fame”, “Hit the Rock” etc.. LOUIS ZWICK was not only organizer of these contests. He also was a producer of the television that was working at this event in Germany too. LOUIS ZWICK organized this competition as well as all other just to make a film of it and after to sell the reports to the American sport ESPN television.
INITIATOR OF THE 1989 BODYBUILDING CONTEST “SSSR VERSUS USA”.
In 2002 in Germany LOUIS ZWICK organized a very specific contest. He named it “European Championship”. He brought from America to Germany a number of athletes and all those athletes took first six places among top competitors. Participating German sportsmen were only like a decoration for Americans. Again the contest was filmed. The interviews of American athletes and some spectators were taken.
As DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS knew LOUIS ZWICK since 1989 first visit of the USA bodybuilders to the USSR both have spoken on various topics. Among them was the historic 1989 contest “USSR versus USA”. LOUIS ZWICK surprised saying he was the initiator from America side of this competition in1989. He was selecting every participant personally discussing the individual conditions of his participation in the USSR. Finally he collected the necessary team of bodybuilders. LOUIS ZWICK was taking a big financial risk. Having no his personal money LOUIS ZWICK rented the necessary money from the bank to pay all costs of the event from the American athletes side. Nobody knew what will happen…
RUNAWAYS.
At that time for a number of years the best USSR bodybuilder was VIKTORAS JUCYS from Klaipeda (Lithuania). It seemed he must participate against Americans in 1989 Leningrad competition.   But the plans of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS who was the trainer and sponsor of VIKTORAS JUCYS  were different. DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was thinking of his personal meeting with BEN WEIDER  and their discussion of the future plans of common work.  Both DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and BEN WEIDR  were in close correspondence for long years and both were waiting for the moment of meeting.
At the backstage of the “USSR-USA” contest in Leningrad was a group of USA television men. They were filming the event. Speaking with one of them (later we learned that he was LOUIS ZWICK) DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS told him  that the best USSR bodybuilders ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS (Siauliai, Lithuania)  and VIKTORAS JUCYS are present at the event but they will not participate. LOUIS ZWICK was surprised about this and invited all three of us to shoot a film next day.
AMERICAN FILMS.
Next morning DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS took VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS down of the hotel to meet the LOUIS ZWICK  and his filming men. Americans explained that they are followed by people from secret services, like KGB and they want all of us to run away from them. Only then the filming will be free of political pressure and represent reality. So we did. We jumped into a free minibus “Latvia” which was close to the hotel and left. We went to a primitive old bodybuilding gym in the suburbs of Leningrad City. Nobody was there but few local athletes. An interview of DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was taken and training of VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS was filmed. LOUIS CWICK asked VIKTORAS JUCYS to end the filming with some words in English. Tought by DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS he said: “America – we will pump You up!”.
Later about the contest “USSR versus USA”, about training of the best USSR bodybuilders VIKTORAS JUCYS  and ROLANDAS BUCINSKAS, about the life in the USSR  LOUIS ZWICK made several films. Those films he successfully sold the  ESPN television in America and covered his expenses for the USA bodybuilding team. Later LOUIS ZWICK  sent those films to DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS (films are kept in the archives of the WFF-WBBF International).
TROJKA. INVITATION TO PARIS.
To meet BEN WEIDER DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS succeeded only after the contest “SSSR versus USA”. That was in restaurant “Trojka” where the organizers made a banquet for VIP Persons. Both DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS and BEN WEIDER  were sitting close together and had several hours to discuss the matters both of them planned to as both decided not to discuss this in their correspondence. Ending the discussion BEN WEIDER invited DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS to be his personal guest at the coming World Championship in Paris (France). And this happened as decided.
INFORMATION.
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, WFF-WBBF Pro Division, International Sport University (ISU, www.isuniversity.lt ).


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2019. JEVGENIJ ZURCEV. REMEMBER WORLD BODYBUILDING LEGENDS.
GET TO KNOW WORLD BODYBUILDING HISTORY.
JEVGENIJ ZURCEV (Евгений Журцев, Lithuania), a famous Lithuania Bodybuilding Trainer, multiple World‘s Oldest Traditional Bodybuilding   „Amber Prix International“  („Gintarinis prizas“, «Янтарный приз» , 1968-2019) Contest Champion, also multiple National Lithuania Champion (participated  from 1970 to 1984).
Bodybuilding fans remember JEGENIJ ZURCEV by his unique and technically original posing routines. Participation of him at any contest was a real big happening for all sport lovers and spectators that were present at the competition.
„I  have been always training very hard, bet I never became a  World Champion. I have been never a money slave. All money I earned, I spent for bodybuilding“, - says JEVGENIJ ZURCEV.
INFORMATION.
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, International Sport University (ISU, www.isuniversity.lt ), WFF-WBBF Pro Division, WPSF World Power Sports Federation.


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LEARN WORLD BODYBUILDING HISTORY.
FIRST TIME GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED BODYBUILDING EVENT.
Working from 1968 today the WFF-WBBF (World Fitness Federation, World Body Building Federation) International unites National Orgaanizations of 135 Countries that represent all Continents. Every year the WFF-WBBF organizes over 60 International events in various countries.
The history of the WFF-WBBF International is unique. Today the WFF-WBBF seeks to become the associated  member of the United Nations (UN). During it‘s long history the federation went a long way. In fivty years there were many happenings in it‘s life.
The history of the WFF-WBBF is connected with the twenty years lasting prohibition and prosecution of bodybuilding sport in the USSR and all Socialist World as well. During the 2011 Official meeting in Vatican the activities of the WFF-WBBF of that period by Vatican administration were named as „disidentic“ towards the communist regime. Due to this the International President WFF-WBBF DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS was awarded with the Medal of the Roman Pope (Medaglia Ufficiale di Pontificato di Sua Santita Benedetto XVI). The historic documents and articles are published in various languages on the Global Site www.wff.lt  and in International Magazine „Sport of Fitness and Bodybuilding“ («Спортивный фитнес и культуризм»).
Then after twenty  years of bodybuilding prohibition and prosecution by communist regime in 1996 first time in history the International bodybuilding event was supported by Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Then the Heads and Organizers of the 1996 Europe Championship were: Government Official JULIUS JURGINIS, International President DSc. EDMUNDAS DAUBARAS, Vice Minister Sport Lithuania RIMAS GIRSKIS.
INFORMATION.
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, International Sport University (ISU, www.isuniversity.lt ), WFF-WBBF Pro Division, WPSF World Power Sports Federation.


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