2022 Youth Olympic Games : Greco-Roman makes way for Beach Wrestling

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, has decided to exclude Greco-Roman from the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal. Beach wrestling for the first time has been included as the third discipline alongside freestyle and women’s wrestling.

The freestyle and girls disciplines will both remain in the competition, to be contested in five weight categories. Each weight class will have maximum of 10 players with total numbers for freestyle wrestling not to increase 100 in total. The newly included beach wrestling will be played over 4 weight categories for both boys and girls with 10 players upper limit for each category and 80 players in total. A total of 180 wrestlers will compete in the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.

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The inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 has 90 wrestlers in fray – 9 wrestlers each in five weight categories each in freestyle and Greco Roman competitions. There were 28 female wrestlers – 7 each in 4 weight categories. The second edition at Nanjing in 2014 had narrowed the gender gap between the male and female players with 80 male players (8 players each in 5 categories across both freestyle and Greco Roman) and 32 female players – 8 each in four weight categories.

At the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, following the IOC instructions on  gender equality, the gap was further reduced with the 60 men (6 players each in 2 styles and 5 weight classes) and 50 women (5 categories and 10 players) as there was a directive to have the same number of male and female wrestlers.

Following the same policy, the IOC’S target of gender equality at the Youth Olympics will finally be achieved at the 2022 tournament as the same number of men and women have been cleared to participate. As beach wrestling replaces only-men Greco-Roman competition, same number of boys and girls will participate in both the wrestling disciplines at the event…Click here to continue reading


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