Estonian urban sports Union

Estonian urban sports Union

Date of formation: 1965 Head: Mikhail Grigoryevich Efremov (e-mail: mlml100@mail.ru)

Organization's website: http://kampuksilla.ucoz.ru/

The history of small towns in Estonia dates back to the early 60s of the last century. The towns began as an exciting game of wooden sticks on rammed earth. Naturally, such a game did not require any special platforms with a metal coating, no physical training, no special equipment, and, as a result, there were many people who wanted to play in the towns. It is enough to mention that in 1965, more than 60 people participated in the summer sports contest of the plant in the village of loxa. First floor landing with a metallic coating appeared in the city of Sillamae'. The Federation of urban sports of the ESR was established. In the USSR, towns were very popular and many competitions were held both at the Republican level and at the Union level. The Estonian national team also took part in all-Union competitions, however, without much success, as the level of training and knowledge in this difficult sport among Estonian players was much lower. Each performance in the USSR was for the Estonian gorodki as the studies. After the performance of the Estonian national team in the city of Chelyabinsk in 1974, Estonian gorodoshniki did not go to serious large-scale competitions until 1985. It was connected with the collapse of the Federation in the city of Sillamae. For 10 years, the townspeople of Estonia, as they say, "boiled in their own juice", continuing to train and compete only within the Republic. In 1985, on the eve of the summer Spartakiad of the peoples of the USSR-1986, the Estonian national team was allowed to participate in the USSR championship in urban sports in the 1st League. These competitions ended sensationally - the unknown Estonian national team takes the first place and goes to the top League! From that moment until 1991, it can rightly be called the "Golden time" of urban sports in Estonia. Constant performances at the Union competitions bore fruit; many athletes fulfilled the standard of the master of sports of the USSR, the results of some players came close to the Union level. Young people began to "catch up", which was extremely important for the further development of small towns in Estonia. But the year 1991 came, and towns in Estonia again "fell into hibernation." Young people were the first to leave, losing their perspective, followed by beginners. Some of the leading players have left the country, and nothing remains of the former power of the Estonian gorodoshnik squad except a few truly loyal ones. In Russia, these processes were not as rapid as in Estonia, but even there towns were put on the brink of survival, and an international Federation was created to preserve and develop urban sports, with the involvement of the federations of Finland, Sweden and Germany. The Estonian national team in 2006 received an invitation to participate in the 3rd World Championship in Germany and performed very well, winning silver and bronze medals in the new disciplines-Eurocities and kyukka. During 2007 and 2008, our gorodoshniki consistently became winners and prize-winners at international competitions.