The boy’s freestyle and girls will both remain in the competition and will be competed over 5 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 classes for both boys and girls with 10 players upper limit for each category and 80 players in total. This means total number of 180 wrestlers will compete in the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.The inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic games started in 2010 and were attended by 90 male players (9 players each in 2 styles, 5 classes) and 28 female players (7 players in 4 classes). The second Nanjing tournament in 2014 narrowed the gender gap between the male and female players with 80 male players (8 players each in 5 styles in 2 styles) and 32 female players (8 players in 4 classes each).
At the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, in response to the instructions from the IOC that the gender equality should be maintained and the number of men and women should be the same, the gap was further reduced to 60 men (6 players each in 2 styles, 5 classes) and 50 women (5 classes) 10 players each).
The IOC aims to realize the gender equality philosophy in all their future tournaments including 2024 Paris Olympics. In 2020 Tokyo Olympics, wrestling competitions will feature total of 288 wrestlers with a break up of 192 men and 96 female athletes. They will compete over 18 categories 6 each in Men & Women Freestyle & 6 in Greco-Roman category which is competed only by men.
At this stage, It is unclear whether the Greco-Roman exclusion in the Youth Olympics of 2022 will affect the 2024 Paris Tournament, but it is true that in the midst of IOC’S push towards achieving gender equality at the Olympic competitions, the future of Greco-Roman wrestling has some question marks now.