Fernando Bello studied at Lisbon University where he earned a civil engineering degree, later working as director-general of a road construction company. He was a member of the Registration Committee for Public Works Contractors, a Director of the Regional Association of Contractors and Constructors, and a Former Director of the Construction Department, Ministry of Employment.
Bello competed twice at the Olympics in Dragon Class sailing, in 1968 and 1972. He was 1953 World Champion in the Snipe Class, and was once runner-up at the European Championships in Star Class. He also won Portuguese titles in Star, Dragon, and Sharpie classes. He also played football and tennis recreationally.
In sports administration Bello was a member of the Portuguese Olympic Committee beginning in 1975 and served as its chairman from 1981-89. He was a member of the International Sailing Federation, was a jury chairman at the World Sailing Championships, and was chairman of the Portuguese Sailing Federation and a member of its technical committee. He also helped found the Portuguese Olympic Academy. Co-opted onto the IOC in 1989, Bello served until 2009 and participated on the Cultural Commission, the Commission for the International Olympic Academy and Olympic Education, and on the Eligibility Commission. He also served as a commissioner from the IOC to the Universal Exhibition in Lisbon in 1998.
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Mixed Three Person Keelboat||Portugal||POR||17|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Mixed Three Person Keelboat||Portugal||POR||21|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Final Standings||1968-10-14||124.0||153.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race One||1968-10-14||23.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Two||1968-10-15||19.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Three||1968-10-16||21.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Four||1968-10-17||17.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Five||1968-10-19||29.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Six||1968-10-20||18.0|
|1968 Summer||36||Ciudad de México||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Seven||1968-10-21||26.0|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Final Standings||1972-08-29||120.0||149.0|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race One||1972-08-29||28.0||3-49:11|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Two||1972-08-30||22.0|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Three||1972-08-31||17.0||2-37:44|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Four||1972-09-01||29.0||2-20:45|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Five||1972-09-04||25.0||2-32:28|
|1972 Summer||40||München||Sailing||Portugal||POR||Race Six||1972-09-08||28.0||2-44:28|