Nepalese man claims to be shortest in the world

A 72-year old Nepalese has sought inclusion of his name in Guinness World Records, claiming to be the shortest living man on the globe.

Family members of Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who is just 22 inches tall, staked the claim during a press conference in Jhapa district yesterday, a local daily reported.

He is a resident of Purandhara Village of Dang district of western Nepal. Dangi is the fourth son of his parents among the six siblings and weighs just 12 kilograms.

He, however, is healthy and claims to have never took medicines or visited a hospital, his family members were quoted by the daily as saying. Dangi can play flute and Madal (Nepali traditional drum) and enjoys dancing in tune with the music.

Meanwhile, a local organisation Bageshwori Dangi Bandhu Trust has been constituted to carry forward Dangi's cause and to make necessary preparations for applying for the Guinness World Records, according to sources.

Till now, Junrey Balawing of Philippines, who measures 23.5 inches, is the shortest living man in the world on record.

He had broken the record of 26-inches-tall Khagendra Thapa Magar from Baglung in western Nepal.

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