Eight Para-rowing berths for Rio 2016 have been announced by the International Rowing Federation (FISA) after a decision by the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Bipartite Commission regarding invitations for nations.
A total of 25 requests were received from countries across the four events which will be contested at the Games, with the places designed to increase universality.
Germany, Russia, Hungary and Argentina requested a berth in the AS women's single sculls competition, with the latter two proving successful in their application for the two places.
Lithuania and Kenya were awarded the spots in the men’s single sculls event, while Argentina, Belarus, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates had all been among the applicants.
The two places in the TA2x event were awarded to Japan and Latvia, while Austria and Zimbabwe received spots in the LTA4+ competition.
Places were awarded based on the selection criteria, which aimed at maximising the number of countries participating in rowing at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games by selecting crews from countries that have not already qualified boats.
It was also designed to maximise the number of regions and boats from regions at the Games, with performances at World Championships and the final qualification regatta also taken into account.
Following the awarding of the berths a total of 26 National Federations are now set to be represent at the Paralympics in the spot.
Europe boast the most places with 15 National Federations due to compete, while the Americas have four represented.
Africa and Asia have three spots apiece, with Australia set to be the sole representatives of Oceania.
At the London 2012 Paralympics a total of 23 National Federations competed in Para-rowing competition.