Khagendra Thapamagar, who is the tiniest teenager in the world, has been appointed as goodwill ambassador to promote tourism in Nepal.
ANI reports that the government has appointed Thapamagar in order to boost the tourism sector, which is till reeling under the impact of a decade-long Maoists-led insurgency which came to an end in 2006.
The 17-year old, measuring 22 inch, will head to London on October 11 to be officially conferred the title of the shortest man in the world by Guinness World Records.
“We expect Khagendra to promote tourism by taking part in various promotional activities to be launched by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) abroad,” The News quoted Prachanda Man Shrestha, the CEO of NTB, as saying.
According to ANI, Khagendra, who will turn 18 on October 14, will be formally conferred the title of the shortest man in the world.
Presently 24-year-old Edward Hernandez, who is 27 inch tall, is the world’s shortest man.