Proposed new lyrics for Spain's national anthem have stirred national divisions rather than pride and have been scrapped, the Spanish Olympic Committee said Wednesday.
Spain's "Royal March" national anthem has been played without words since 1978, when lyrics approved by right-wing dictator Francisco Franco were ditched.
With the Beijing games approaching, Spain's Olympic committee held a competition to find new words for the anthem rather than see its athletes hum along or chant "la, la, la," as has long been the case.
Spanish opera star Placido Domingo was to be the first to sing it.
But the winning version was leaked and met derision in the Spanish media and among members of parliament responsible for approving the lyrics.
That's pretty good for a national anthem you know. Even Italian governments and French Constitutions usually last longer than a week.