Kathmandu: A Nepalese man on Sunday left his
country for Europe, seeking to be recognised as the shortest
living man with a height of only 22 inches.
18-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar aims to meet
officials of the Guinness World Records to be recognised as
the shortest man in the world. He received a grand send off at
the airport as he left for Italy today.
At a press conference in the capital yesterday, Magar
produced necessary documents and claimed the recognition.
He had earlier applied for a place in the record book
soon after turning 18, but had not received any response.
His family members had made a similar claim few years ago, but
it was rejected as he was yet to turn 18.
"We are going to Europe in an attempt to record his
name in the Guinness World Records," Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar,
his father, told mediapersons.
Currently, the title of the shortest man is held by He
Pingping of China, who is 29 inches (73 centimeters) tall.