Javier Sotomayor and Orlando Ortega.
The Diplomat. Madrid
The Council of Ministers has approved granting Spanish nationality by naturalisation to the Cuban athletes Orlando Ortega and Javier Sotomayor, the latter retired from competitive sports but still the high jump world record holder.
Sotomayor has a sporting career filled with success, among them the world record he achieved in July 1993, with a high jump of 2.45 metres at the Helmántico Stadium in Salamanca. Considered the greatest high jumper of all time, he has been the great sporting standard bearer of the Castro regime and continues to live in the island.
The concession of Spanish nationality does not imply the loss of his Cuban nationality as nationals of the Latin American countries, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea and Portugal may hold dual nationality.
As for Orlando Ortega Alejo, he is an athlete specialising in the 110 metres hurdles, so that one of his objectives in obtaining Spanish nationality is to represent Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games.
A gymnast from Guinea Conakry and an employee of the embassy in Amman also granted nationality
In addition, the Government granted Spanish nationality by naturalisation to the gymnast, Thierno Boubacar, originally from Guinea Conakry, and with huge potential in artistic gymnastics in the six apparatus in this speciality. In 2014 he was classified first in this category and age in Spain and is expected to do well in the European Athletic Junior Championships being held in 2016.
Finally, the Council of Ministers granted Spanish nationality to the Jordanian Walid Bujuq Badran, who has been employed in the Spanish Embassy in Amman since 1990. According to the Ministry of Justice,” he is outstanding for his extraordinary knowledge of the Spanish language and culture as well as his efficiency and dedication in defence of Spanish interests in Jordan ”.
Spanish nationality is acquired by naturalisation, granted at the discretion of the authorities by Royal Decree, when there are exceptional circumstances and after due process of each applicant.