Since 2014, indoor rowing has been firmly established as a sport offered by the competition programme of the Invictus Games. Based on the rules and regulations applicable to indoor rowing at the Olympics, the athletes compete with each other on rowing ergometers. These ergometers simulate the sequence of movements for rowing on land. The rowing machine can be adjusted to the specific requirements of the competitors. This enables people with different types of impairments to participate in the competition. The competitors are classified into six different categories, with men and women competing in separate events.
The objective is to cover the greatest possible distance within a specific period of time. In the Individual Sprint event, the competitors compete with each other for one minute; the Individual Endurance race lasts four minutes. Indoor rowing requires power, endurance and coordination skills, and it can help improve the physical condition.