Saturday 16 December 2017

Man seeks 'world's shortest' title

Khagendra Thapa Magar is seeking a world record (AP)
Khagendra Thapa Magar is seeking a world record (AP)

A 22-inch tall man has left his home country of Nepal in a quest to be recognised as the world's shortest man.

Khagendra Thapa Magar is travelling to Europe to campaign for the Guinness World Record title.

He applied for a place in the record book in October, soon after turning 18, but has yet to receive a response.

Mr Magar's family initially filed a claim when he was 14, but it was rejected because he was not an adult and there was a chance he might grow.

They say doctors in Nepal have been unable to explain why he is so small.

"We are going to Italy to try to record his name in the Guinness Book of World Records," his father, Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar, said in Kathmandu. They plan to appear on an Italian television show to talk about his bid for the title.

Once in Italy, Mr Magar, his father and a supporter will decide on their next destination.

His supporters saw him off from the Nepalese capital on Sunday offering flower bouquets and garlands.

The current record is held by He Pingping of China, who is 29 inches tall.

Press Association

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