The current record is held by China's He Pingping, who is 73cm (29in) tall."Nepal’s shortest man seeks world record"
The shortest man on record was Gul Mohammed of India, who measured just 57cm - 1cm taller than Mr Magar.
Mr Magar, who is now 18, and his father told reporters in Kathmandu that they planned to appear on an Italian television show this week to talk about his bid for the title.
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