ROWING: Rowing is the latest addition to the Paralympic Games competition programme, making its debut at the 2008 games in Beijing. Adaptive Rowing is rowing or sculling for athletes with a disability who meet the criteria as set out in the Adaptive Rowing classification regulations.
Adaptive implies that the equipment is adapted to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being "adapted" to the user.
The International Rowing Federation (FISA) is the sole world governing body for rowing. Adaptive rowing is open to male and female athletes and is divided into four boat classes which are included in FISA's World Championship programme: LTA4+, TA2x, AW1x and LTA4+ and TA2x are mixed gender boats. Races are held over 1,000m for all four events.
The hull of the adaptive rowing boat is identical to able-bodied boats, while adaptive rowing boats are equipped with special seats which vary according to the disability of the rower.
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