A continuous handshaking of 51 hours ended earlier today in Beldangi-II of Jhapa.
Neel Hari Upreti and Dik Man Gurung successfully completed the 51-hour-long handshaking at AMDA Hall at 13:00 hours on Thursday, declaring their determination to set a new record of 70 hours in the Guinness World Record in near future.
The duo, who staged 24 hours and 36 hours handshaking earlier in Timai and Khudunabari respectively, said they gained a lot of experience and would set a new record following their final demonstration in Kathmandu sometime later this year.
“We have already challenged the existing record of 44 hours by two Nepalese brothers,” Upreti told mediapersons after the event. “However, we are to officially register our record.”
Over three dozens of judges from different background monitored the handshaking program on rotation basis at AMDA Hall, informed Shekar Rizal, one of the organizing team members.
According to Upreti’s claim, their attempt to register names in the Guinness Book was first of its kind in Jhapa and Morang.
“Our attempt has revealed that refugees do have hidden talents. Indeed, we aim to represent the entire refugee community in the Guinness World Record,” expressed another youth Gurung.
Thousands of fellow-countrymen expressed their support and solidarity for the event.
“However, the support is still insufficient,” Gurung further said,” We want our people to assist us financially to meet our expenses for the final demonstration yet to be staged sometime later this year in Kathmandu.”
According to the duo, several resettled friends and relatives have assured them of supporting financially.
“We are hopeful that we’ll be able to garner the sufficient funds for registering our name in the Guinness Book,” added Upreti.