World Rowing has announced an increase of 28 per cent in the number of Member Federations which tried to qualify for this year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro compared with the previous edition at London 2012.
A total of 36 countries attempted to earn a place for this year's Paralympics, while 28 entered the qualification process for London 2012.
The sport also saw an improvement in the number of nations competing at the Paralympics, with 13 per cent more countries due to take part at Rio 2016 than at London 2012.
Boats from 26 countries will participate in the Brazilian city, with rowing events at this year's event scheduled for September 9 to 11.
This figure represented a considerable rise from the 23 countries who entered the rowing competitions in London.
The announcement from the sport's worldwide governing body came after the eight bipartite Para-rowing spots were awarded by the the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Bipartite Commission.
A total of 25 requests were received from countries in the four events to 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.
The awarding of the bipartite berths brought an end to the qualification process for rowing at Rio 2016, where 40 of the 48 allocated places were earned based on performance at the World Championships and Paralympic Qualification Regattas.
Europe will be the best represented nation at Rio 2016 with 15 countries set to compete, while the Americas have four represented.
Africa and Asia have three spots apiece and Australia due to be the sole representatives of Oceania.