In April 2011, Ricardo Annes Guimarães, a Brazilian entrepreneur and the President of Banco BMG was awarded with a diploma of Merit from the City Council after it was requested by Councilman Daniel Nepomuceno. The ceremony was opened by the Speaker of the House, Leo Bourgeois who later handed over to the chair. The Councilman Daniel Nepomuceno said they recognized the role the President of BMG has played in supporting and investing in sports activities in Brazil. On the other hand, Leo Bourgeois remembered that Guimarães was honored and awarded the Grand Collar of the Legislative Merit in 2004. According to him, it was an avenue that his House used to honor the entrepreneur focusing on his individual potential.
The member of the legislature further stressed the role Guimarães has played in supporting sports activities and especially when he was the president of Atletico Mineiro team between 2001 and 2006. During that time, the executive of BMG facilitated the construction of a training center known as “Roosters” which is regarded as the best equipped facility in Brazil. Another government officer present at the occasion was Fred Costa, the State Representative, who acknowledged that Guimarães had a broad curriculum not only in football, but also other sports like tennis, volleyball and gymnastic.
Costa said the sponsorship had largely contributed to the development of socio-economic activities in Brazil. The MP further noted that Ricardo Guimarães of BMG had also invested in the healthcare sector at Whale Hospital. The Deputy Governor was also present and thanked the entrepreneur and stressed that he deserved it. Ricardo accepted the honor and thanked the Councilman Nepomuceno, and also stressed that Belo Horizonte is his homeland. He said it’s a great honor to keep the culture that his grandfather started way back when he started BMG. Additional info about the honor can be found on cmbh.mg.gov.br.
Ricardo Guimarães’ take on sports in Denmark
According to Ricardo Guimarães of BMG, Denmark is one of the countries that largely support children involvement in sports activities. In a report that was released on GloboEsporte.com, Ricardo explains that more than 86 percent of children are involved in sports activities. Despite the huge investment the country has invested in sports activities, it is not interested in hosting major championships like the Olympic, reports Guimarães.
Demark has about 11,000 sports federations and 1,600 football clubs and many more handball teams. Guimarães says that the Danish government has set $1 million as saving for every child born, in respect to health, education and also sports. The executive reports that Brazilian children are introduced to balls at their feet while in Denmark they grow with balls in their hands. Additional information is found on ricardoguimaraesbmg.com.

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