The World Karate Federation's (WKF) Executive Committee met virtually to discuss the future of the sport amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by WKF President Antonio Espinós, the meeting discussed the possible effects of the global health crisis on the run-up to next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Contingency measures to counteract these effects were approved.
The tentative schedule for events in 2021 was also re-evaluated.
In addition, the recent re-composition of the WKF Referee Commission and the process of nominating judges for Tokyo 2020 was discussed.
The Olympics were postponed as a result of the pandemic, with competition now scheduled for July 23 to August 8.
Karate is set to make its Olympic debut in the Japanese capital.
Updates on the 2021 World Championships and General Assembly in Dubai were then presented during the Executive Committee meeting.
"We need to learn to live with the virus," said Espinós.
"Considering that the situation of the coronavirus pandemic may hopefully improve in months to come, we must continue organising activities and we must go back to hosting events.
"We have the obligation to give our athletes the chance to continue practising the sport so they can reach their goals.
"While I am confident that the conditions will get better and better, it is our duty to maximise our opportunities to make our events a success from the start of 2021 onwards.
"Many crucial issues were discussed today and important decisions have been taken.
"I am very thankful for the cooperation and the hard work of all the members of the Executive Committee.
"Their efforts and the collaboration of all the members of the karate family make me proud to lead this wonderful organisation, especially knowing that we have such a great team working for the continuous progress of the sport."
The WKF recently concluded a round of meetings with national bodies, which led Espinós to express hope for a successful 2021 season.