Belgian athletes and Para athletes preparing for the Paris 2024 Games have spent another successful training stint at the Gloria Sports Arena ©Getty Images

Belgian athletes and Para athletes preparing for Paris 2024 have spent another successful training stint at the Gloria Sports Arena in Belek in Turkey.

Representatives from 13 Olympic sports - athletics, rowing, track cycling and mountain biking, sport climbing, weightlifting, hockey, judo, canoeing, swimming, shooting, archery and sailing - arrived at their traditional base on November 12.

They were later joined by Paralympic team members in eight sports - athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, goalball, swimming, table tennis and archery - with the visit concluding on November 27.

The training took place under the leadership of Olav Spahl, Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC) director of high-level sport and Chef de Mission for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

During their time engaged in the Belek programme, athletes trained and worked on team-building as well as getting to know each other and relaxing.

The team comprised 236 members, including general management, medical staff, BOIC experts and representatives of high-level sport partners.

The Minister of Sports of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Valérie Glatigny, and the Flemish Minister of Sports, Ben Weyts, were also on the trip.

"This Team Belgium training camp is an important step in view of the Olympic Games, the next edition being already in a year and a half," said Spahl.

"This is where Paris 2024 is preparing!

"It's good to be together again in Belek.

"Every athlete has their goals and here they have the optimal conditions for training and relaxation.

"The Gloria Sports Arena in Belek has excellent facilities for hockey and swimming, as well as a magnificent athletics track.

"It also has a large and new top-of-the-range weight room exclusively reserved for Team Belgium athletes, as does the entire complex.

"Here, everything here is focused on high-level sport, the whole complex breathes high-level sport and that gives a boost to athletes and coaches."

Dr Johan Bellemans, who supervised the athletes during previous multi-disciplinary summer camps and during the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will be chief medical officer for Paris 2024, was also present in Belek.

"Together with physiotherapists and coaches, we collect a lot of data during the camps, we get to know the athletes better in view of the Olympic Games and this is a huge advantage for their medical follow-up between now and the end of the Games," Spahl added.