The World Karate Federation (WKF) Referee Commission analysed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the organisation during an online meeting.
WKF Referee Commission chair Javier Escalante led the meeting, with WKF President Antonio Espinós also in attendance.
The impact of the pandemic on the Commission was analysed, with the predicted calendar for the remainder of 2020 and the tentative schedule for 2021 reviewed.
Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021, the appointment of referees for the Games was also analysed.
The restructuring of the Commission, due to take place by the end of the year, was another item on the agenda, followed by a discussion on the modifications of the referees' evaluation system expected to occur next year.
"I am always very pleased to attest to the exceptional level of our referees, as is demonstrated at all our events," said Espinós.
"The role of the Referee Commission is crucial in this regard, and I would like to congratulate all the members of the Commission for their hard work and for their contribution to the progress of our sport.
"As we are now facing even greater challenges, we need to ensure that this great work is maintained in years to come.
"The next months will be challenging for all of us, but I am convinced that the referees will continue acting as one of karate’s most important assets."