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Natalie Ward at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and Rodney van Buizen at the Athens Olympic Games on Australia's road to the gold medal match.

TOKYO: Softball and baseball are the big winners from the 40 reforms announced by the International Olympic Committee in Monaco.

IOC members embrace change

9 December 2014
IOC members vote on reform measures at the Agenda 2020 session in Monaco on 8 December 2014.

AGENDA 2020: Each of the 40 recommendations for reform, including an overhaul of the Olympic bidding process driven by John Coates, has been approved at the IOC Session.

James Magnussen of Australia smiles into a TV camera after competing in the Men's 100m Freestyle semi final 1 on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.

AGENDA2020: The International Olympic Committee has plunged into the television business in a big way... investing $750m on a new Olympic channel to be seen throughout the world, 365 days a year.

Madi Wilson, Sally Hunter, Emily Seebohm, Bronte Campbell of Australia celebrates on the podium after the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay Final during day five of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic Centre on December 7, 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

The Australian Swim Team has finished its campaign at the 12th FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha overnight with a medal flurry – winning three silvers and a bronze, on the final day, taking their overall total to ten.

Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit and lifted during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.

Members of the IOC are gathering in Monaco to vote on a bold new plan for the future called Olympic Agenda 2020.

(L-R) Siobhan-Marie O'Conner of Great Britain, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Emily Seebohm of Australia celebrate after the Women's 100m Individual Medley Final at the World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic on December 5, 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm has continued her stunning World Short Course Championships adding two more medals to her haul on the third night of competition

Super coach Victor Kovalenko with World Cup gold medallists Will Ryan and Mathew Belcher in Abu Dhabi on 30 November 2014.

Laser and Men’s 470 World No.1 crews Tom Burton and Mat Belcher with Will Ryan have become the first ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi

Gold medallist sailor and closing ceremony flag bearer Malcolm Page poses during an Australian flag handover at the Olympic Park Common Domain on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Park on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

2015 PACIFIC GAMES: Australian Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Page has been named Chef de Mission of the 2015 Australian Pacific Games Team.

Cathy Freeman and John Coates at a media conference in Melbourne to announce changes to the AOC constitution to reflect Australia's Indigenous heritage on 21 November, 2014.

AOC: Cathy Freeman is says she's thrilled and proud that the Australian Olympic Committee will recognise indigenous Australians.

The cauldron containing the Olympic flame rises above Aboriginal Australian torch bearer Cathy Freeman September 15, 2000 during the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The AOC is changing its constitution to recognise our indigenous heritage, has updated one of the Team values and is putting more practical support behind the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

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