Para rowing made its Paralympic debut at Beijing 2008. It is open to both male and female rowers with a physical or vision disability who meet the criteria set out in the Para Rowing Classification Regulation.
Athletes race over 2,000m on flat water in boats that vary in length and crew size. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games had 26 countries competing in para rowing for 12 medals in four boat classes.
Para rowing is uniquely integrated with the World Rowing Federation, FISA, and para rowers participate alongside able-bodied athletes at some of the World Rowing Cups and the World Rowing Championships each year.