Spain's national anthem may soon be given lyrics after athletes complained that they are disadvantaged because the best they can do is hum during the national song while their opponents can sing with vigor.
The conservative opposition has answered a request from the Spanish Olympic Committee and promised to introduce a bill calling for a committee to present lyrics in three months time. Senior members of the government have signaled their support.
If passed the bill would leave the committee with a difficult task due to the diversity of the country. Some years back the Prime Minister asked a group of writers and poets to write lyrics for the anthem but they were unable reach a consensus.