Fernando Lima Bello

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Fernando Lima Bello (born 27 November 1931 in Lisbon) is Portugal's current and only member of the International Olympic Committee since 1989, when he ended his term at the presidency of the Olympic Committee of Portugal.

He is a retired civil engineer alumni of the University of Lisbon, who was Director General of a road construction company, member of the Registration Committee for Public Works Contractors, Director of the Regional Association of Contractors and Constructors and former Director of the Construction Department, Ministry of Employment.


In 1953, he won, as a crew of Antonio José Conde Martins, the Snipe class world championship, and won a silver medal at the European Star championships.

He was Portuguese national champion in Star, Dragon and Sharpie 12 m2.

Olympic Games[edit]

He participated in the Olympic Games in Acapulco 1968 and Munich 1972 in Dragon.

Sports administrator[edit]

He was Chairman of the Portuguese Sailing Federation and its technical committee; sailing inspector for the Portuguese Youth Organization; member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF); Chairman of the Jury of the World Sailing Championships (Finn, 420, Cadet); member of the NOC (1975-), of its Executive Board (1977–1980) then Chairman (1981–1989); during his tenure the Olympic Academy of Portugal was founded; chef de mission at the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow in 1980; member of the Higher Sports Council and of the Sports Council for High Level Competition.


Member of the IOC from 1989 to 2010; Honorary Member since 2010; Member of the following Commissions: Cultural (1985–1999), International Olympic Academy and Olympic Education (1990–1999), Eligibility (1992–1993), Evaluation for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 (1996), Culture and Olympic Education (2000-); Commissioner of the IOC at the Universal Exhibition in Lisbon (1998).[1][2]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

Olympic Order (2009); Portugal Sports Merit collar; Order Infante D. Henrique, Portugal


  1. ^ "IOC re-elects 27 members en bloc". USA Today. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Olympics 2012". BBC News. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2010.