Seventy-two years old Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Dang district, who may soon be declared the world's shortest man, arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday to be measured by the Guinness World Records officials who are expected to land here sometime next week.
He was surrounded by camera persons as he arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport from Jhapa today. Dangi measures just 22 inches and weighs 12 kilograms.
Dangi had first made his claims for the world’s shortest man title at a press conference held in Birtamod, Jhapa, on January 30. He said he was not noticed “for living in the remotest region of the district and having no access to communication”.
If he gets the Guinness title, he might also beat Gul Mohammed of India, who, at 22.5 inches, was considered the shortest adult human to ever have their age and height verified by Guinness World Records before he died in 1997 at the age of 40.
The record of the world’s shortest man is currently held by Filipino Junrey Balawing who measures just 23.5 inches. He took the title from another Nepali, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured in 2010 at just over 26 inches. nepalnews.com