Karate made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

World Karate Federation (WKF) general secretary Toshihisa Nagura met with Tokyo 2020 officials to discuss the sport's appearance at the Games and Olympic future.

Nagura, Tokyo 2020 sports director Mikako Kotani and Tokyo 2020 karate sport manager Toshie Murata reviewed karate's Olympic debut and what the WKF billed as its contribution to the success of the Games.

"I want to thank Ms Kotani for taking the time to meet with Mr Nagura and Mr Murata in Tokyo," WKF President Antonio Espinós said.

"We are convinced that the WKF fully achieved its goals of showcasing karate’s best values and outstanding sporting spirit at the Games, as well as Japan’s tradition and honour.

"Our successful Olympic presentation could not have been possible without the support of TOCOG [Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games] officials headed by Ms Kotani, and for that, we will be eternally grateful."

Ryo Kiyuna won Japan's lone karate gold medal at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Ryo Kiyuna won Japan's lone karate gold medal at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

The representatives discussed the impressive universality karate demonstrated in Tokyo, where 36 countries were represented and 20 won medals.

Karate's eight gold medallists at Tokyo 2020 came from eight different countries.

Karate was one of four new sports added to the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020, along with skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing.

Men's baseball and women's softball also returned to the Olympic fray at Tokyo 2020.

Karate has been left off the Paris 2024 sport programme.