To play in future Olympics, teams will have to have players who can go into unexpected places to get free kicks, penalties and clearances. Those are just some of the restrictions as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began a shake-up of the rulebook to speed up the pace of the games.

For the Tokyo Games in 2020, a small but intensive centralised "Centre of Excellence" will be set up to spot instances of apparent cheating in matches. It would run from April to September, before every game in the run-up to the games and again after.

The world's most expensive Olympics, with a total budget of US$15 billion, would also allow teams to give an appeal against decisions made by an independent appeals tribunal before the final decision is made. That, plus potential expense, has deterred many sports from even trying to get the Games.

The IOC has however reassured the sports community it would "continue as planned" despite the financial cost of the new regulations, as was required by the IOC's Olympic Agenda 2020, adopted in 2011. That means the earlier-than-usual start to the Games will also continue in 2024, at the Paris and Los Angeles Games.

"The scheduling... is the perfect time to accelerate the discussions and cooperation and expedite the measures that will safeguard the sanctity of sport and encourage fair play and clean competition," IOC president Thomas Bach said after a meeting with executive board members in Monaco on Friday.

Formula One needs a new rules commission to help change the sport and open up the competition in a variety of ways. Lewis Hamilton's team Mercedes announced that any infringement of rules - which covered parking, radio communications or spinning a tyre - could trigger an attack from another team on a rival driver in the pitlane.

Critics say the Formula One drivers' draft, when they dallied from their approved course and dropped back, is a clear indication of that.

The review document - titled Innovation and Change - was adopted on Thursday. Under the changes, the 2020 Games would feature 70 race days instead of 66, but final dates had not been decided. Tickets would no longer sell out the moment they went on sale.

The 2,500 athletes of the Tokyo Olympics would benefit from more help from one-to-one meetings with trainers to help them overcome injuries, and a slightly easier travel schedule. No one, however, was willing to believe that the 2020 Games would be the last Olympics after Germany's Michael Hahn called for the events to end on a high note.