History of WFF Latvia
 

LATVIAN BODYBUILDING

The first documentary mentions of power athletics in Latvia, are  dated 1890 (anything it was not possible to find out earlier). This year in Latvia, athletic society RIGAER already works and runs championships (competitions). At this time in our country begins a rapid development of all athletic directions, which reach their peak of popularity by the beginning of the First World War.
During this period, Latvian athletes - some from the strongest athletes of the world. The names of Bull, Krause, Freiberg, Zedata, Spool - thundering across the globe. In the homeland they are - National triumphers. Their performances, collect full houses. In addition to outstanding musculature, our athletes show tremendous force, repeatedly increase world records and defeat most famous wrestlers of the World.
Alas, cataclysms of first half of 19th century, have ruined triumphal procession of our athletics. Moving, on the inertia, even for a while, body building in Latvia, soon, has practically stopped the existence.
Revival occurred only in 1981 year: in Daugavpils, was the carried out first (revived) Latvian athleticism championship. Absolute champions were: power - Sergei Ignatiev /Daugavpils/ (classic bench press - 175 kg), appearance (bodybuilding) - Stanislav Polyakov /Riga/.
Since then, athletic championships and cups of Latvia (in bodybuilding and classical bench press) continue to regularly held in our country.

Modern Bodybuilding

By 1976, when the first bodybuilders of Latvia, began participating in international competitions in Klaipeda, in Latvia there were two centers of bodybuilding: club "Impulse" in Riga (coach - Felix Saykovsky) and club "Kimikis" in Daugavpils (Coach - Grigory Kutсin).

In 1980 in Daugavpils, bodybuilding (80's - athleticism) competitions in our country have been held for the first time. In club "Builder" (nowadays – Lidadis) three sportsmen: Grigory Kutcin, Oleg Burinsky And Andrey Kalnynsh competed in statistical poses (the concepts of posing under music didn't exist). The show was a great success and the hall was delighted. Inspired by the success, in 1981, the current informal WFF Latvia (and the official in the Soviet Union it could not be) launched the first Latvian championship in our country.
 
The Minister of Finance of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic of Century V. Sadauskas was the informal leader of Latvian bodybuilding, during that time.

 Grigory Kutcin and Oleg Burinsky became organizers of the FIRST LATVIA CHAMPIONSHIP. The championship passed in two stages. First day - double event (classic bench press and squat) and the second day - posing.

The first Latvia champion in the double event was Sergei Ignatiev (Daugavpils), with the result of 430 kg.


1981. Daugavpils. DKH. Team Riga in Latvia first championship posters:


 The first Latvian bodybuilding champions were:
- Anatoly Popov (Riga) - later, Anatoly continued to perform in WFF until 2004 inclusively.
- Stanislav Polyakov (Riga) - performed on Latvia championships and Amber Prix WFF before XVI - LATVIA CHAMPIONSHIP - 1996.
- Vasily Bespalenko (Lvov. Ukraine) - Vasily serves WFF so far.

Latvia championship 1981 bodybuilding and fitness

The first championship of Latvia was very successful and the city of Daugavpils for many years occupied a monopoly of the championships in Latvia. Traditionally, it was held the week before the main event all the bodybuilders of the USSR in those years - the legendary WFF tournament Amber Prix (held since 1968). Only in 1984 and in 1989 the championship of Latvia was held in other cities - Riga and Rezekne.

 In 1982 in Latvia  Maris Shveiduks created a new center of bodybuilding - the club "Lačplēsis". In the same year Maris begins to actively cooperate with the WFF.

  Since 1987, the informal leader of Latvia to become a bodybuilding B. Rimsha.

 In 1995, the coach of the club "Impulse" Felix Saykovsky registers the organization - "Athletic Association", and in 1997 starts with a completely new structure for Latvia - IFBB. Also in 1997, Saykovsky first holds separate from the main national championship - an alternative IFBB Championship in Latvia.

September 23, 1997, after 16 years of work, officially registered - WFF Latvia Federation, which continues to hold from the 1981 major championships in Latvia.

In 1997 - 1998, respectively, under the flag of WFF / NABBA championships in Riga, Latvia holds Anatoly Casus.

Since 1999 - WFF has launched a formal national championships, now as a public sports federation.

 

Since 2002, a couple of years, alternative Championships in Latvia, holds Valentin Botashev under the flag of WABBA. But after a couple of years, his organization was closed.

In early 2000 IFBB Latvia stopped its work, and once again reminded of itself only in 2007, with a new alternative championship. President of the IFBB Latvia became Vladimir Zotov. By the way, itself being the sportsman (rather good), Zotov never participate in any one IFBB competitions, preferring to act only in WFF-NABBA championships (which during that time densely cooperated and held joint competitions).

 

In 2009, Latvia has already held two alternative Latvia championships from two different "IFBB's". One organization headed by Dmitry Mikhailov (Vladimir Zotov, at this time, already "got rid") and Kristina Vedernikova, who vehemently argue among themselves which of them is a "real" IFBB.

 

 Ну а ВФФ Латвии никогда не металось из стороны в сторону и ОЛЕГ БУРИНСКИЙ и ГРИГОРИЙ КУЦИН (уже поменявшись местами), по прежнему продолжают начатое ими в 1981 году дело – проводить ежегодный ОСНОВНОЙ ЧЕМПИОНАТ ЛАТВИИ по фитнесу и культуризму при поддержке давних и многолетних единомышленников: Maris Shveiduks (Liepaja), Anatoly Casus (Riga) and our other allies.

 

2008. The organizers of the Latvia bodybuilding and classical benchpress championships (since 1981) - Oleg Burinskiy and Grigory Kutcyn:

Oleg Burinsky - bodybuilding and fitness Latvia 1981-2011

 

2010. Champion of the first Latvia championship in 1981, Sergei Ignatiev awards the Latvian Cup champion of the 30th anniversary classical benchpress competitor - Oleg Kochmarev:


Detailed chronology of Latvia bodybuilding and power lifting (since 1981) look here



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LATVIA CHAMPIONSHIP
OVER ALL WINNERS

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35 - 2010 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
34 - 2009 - ALEXANDROV VITALY (RIGA)
33 - 2008 - JURANS NORMUNDS (TUKUMS)
32 - 2007 - SHEVCENKO EDUARDS (RIGA)
31 - 2006 - LJUBOMIROVS ALEKSANDRS (RIGA)
30 - 2005 - KLJAVINSH MARIS (RIGA)
29 - 2004 - GUCANS JURIJS (RIGA)
28 - 2003 - MASLOVSKIS ALEKSANDRS (RIGA)
27 - 2002 - KARSECJANS JURIJS (RIGA)
26 - 2001 - MASLOVSKIS ALEKSANDRS (RIGA)
25 - 2000 - MELKO ARVIDS (REZEKNE)
24 - 1999 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
23 - 1998 - BUGAI MAKSIM (RIGA)
22 - 1997 - ZELLITIS IVO (LIEPAJA)
21 - 1996 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
20 - 1995 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
19 - 1994 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
18 - 1993 - SHVEIDUKS MARIS (LIEPAJA)
17 - 1992 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
16 - 1991 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
15 - 1990 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
14 - 1989 - SHVEIDUKS MARIS (LIEPAJA)
13 - 1988 - VISOCKIS AIVARS (RIGA)
12 - 1987 - PETRAKOVS ANDREJS (RIGA)
11 - 1986 - POPOVS ANATOLIJS (RIGA)
10 - 1985 - POLJAKOVS STANISLAVS (RIGA)
9 - 1984 - KAZUS ANATOLIJS (RIGA)
8 - 1983 - POLJAKOVS STANISLAVS (RIGA)
7 - 1982 - POPOVS ANATOLIJS (RIGA)
6 - 1981 - POLJAKOVS STANISLAVS (RIGA)
5 - 1980 - VEDMEDOVSKIS SERGEJS (RIGA)
4 - 1979 - POLJAKOVS STANISLAVS (RIGA)
3 - 1978 - ZUKOVSKIS JURIJS (RIGA)
2 - 1977 - POLJAKOVS STANISLAVS (RIGA)
1 - 1976 - ZUKOVSKIS JURIJS (RIGA)


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LATVIA CHAMPIONSHIP
OVER ALL WINNERS

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16 - 2010 - ALKSNE KRISTINA (LIEPAJA)
15 - 2009 - ISIDOROVA ALINA (RIGA)
14 - 2008 - DEKSNE MARIJA (RIGA)
13 - 2007 - DEKSNE MARIJA (RIGA)
12 - 2006 - KUSHNIRA NATALJA (RIGA)
11 - 2005 - BORISOVA SVETLANA (RIGA)
10 - 2004 - BORISOVA SVETLANA (RIGA)
9 - 2003 - DEKSNE MARIJA (RIGA)
8 - 2002 - KUKINA JULIJA (RIGA)
7 - 2001 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
6 - 2000 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
5 - 1999 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
4 - 1998 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
3 - 1997 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
2 - 1996 - BURINSKA MARINA (DAUGAVPILS)
1 - 1995 - KUCERENKO NADEZDA (DAUGAVPILS)

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