RUP NARAYAN DHAKAL
POKHARA: Nepal’s Khagendra Thapa Magar, holder of the world record for being the shortest living man in the world, lost his title to the Philippines’ Junrey Balawing, on Sunday.
Khagendra, who measures 26 inches, lost the title to 23.5-inch tall Balawing after the Filipino was, upon turning 18, officially recognised as the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records today.
The parents of Khagendra have said they are not unhappy to hear the news that somebody has taken over the title from their son. “Not necessary, Khagendra should always be the world’s shortest man,” his father Rup Bahadur Thapa said.
“If somebody really has emerged as the world’s shortest man, then I would like to congratulate him on that,” said Khagendra’s father, adding that his son longs to have his photo taken with Balawing ever since he heard of his successor.
He however rued that the government has not done enough to recognise his son. “It seems everybody has forgotten Khagendra now,” Rup Bahadur said, adding that his son constantly talks about playing with dolls, buying car and going for outings.
“I don’t have even Rs. 10 in my pocket to go for outing,” Rup Bahadur quoted Khagendra as saying when he once proposed an outing to Kathmandu to him.
Junrey Balawing savours his moment of fame as he is measured by Guinness World Records adjudicator Craig Glenday (left frame) and lifted by a police officer on Sunday in Sindangan. Photo: AP/Reuters