Amusing sports that make news from across the world

Professional sports are associated mostly with plenty of seriousness and competitiveness. Winning and losing can be called the major determinants of any sport with all of athletes competing for the winners spot. Not only do professional sports demand commitment and organization they are also categorized by their highly organized and skill driven nature. Sportsmen are expected to represent the spirit of sportsmanship by being respectful of their competitors as well as the sporting officials thereby reflecting the true nature in the sport being played.

On the other hand, this focused and serious world of professional sports can also be a cauldron of several funny incidents at the same time bringing making these haloed sports celebrities much more real. There has been several occasions where athletes or sports celebrities have been discovered saying dumb quotes that are enough to fill you with your required dose of daily laughter every day. One does often ponder how does a mind that is so channelized, so focused and so talented think of a thing that is incredibly and so utterly dumb!

Simultaneously there are some very funny sports contests that occur around the globe. These bizarre activities can vary from the wife carrying competition for the prize of beer to duck racing to the world coal carrying championships. The wife carrying championship is usually an annual event held in Finland within the month of July. The winner needs to cover numerous obstacles over land and water to win this event for the prize of a new mobile phone and beer for the amount of the wifes weight!

Strangely enough, these funny sports have their own list of regulations as well. In case of the wife carrying competition, the wife should be older than 17 years and should weigh over 49kgs. Dropping the wife or bouncing the wife does add a fine and having fun tops the charts! Funny set of rules

In Tasmania, the annual apple race is organized around the month of October every year. People really gather together to watch apples race down from the bridge at Hounville to the Houn river.

One of the craziest local sporting events might be the running of the bulls, held annually in Pamplona in Spain. The chase lasts almost a kilometer with people running in front of a chasing bull throughout the Pamplonas narrow, winding lanes. This dangerous and crazy events attracts a huge crowd to this particular region each year and also a number of participants do get critically injured and sometimes killed while taking part in the game.

Everybody has heard about duck racing. But a rubber duck race that raises $1 million to the aid of local charities? The Singapore Duck race is certainly one such crazy annual event that involves 85,000 rubber ducks contesting against one another across the Singapore river. These ducks are first adopted by people and after that thrown in the water. The 1st duck to travel downstream is considered the winner. Duck races also take place in Britain. The Great British Duck Race is one such event in Britain which takes place on the Thames River. The 2007 event broke the Singapore Duck Race record by racing 165,000 ducks across the River Thames.

Even though these events are featured mostly in the local news, it is their popularity and simplicity that has made most of these funny sports famous and notable. At some level, it is perhaps, easier to get a good chuckle from seeing a goofy event like apple racing than taking notice of and pursuing the supposedly funny drunken brawls of well-known sports celebrities which makes sports headlines.