On January 9, 2015, the WKF President, Mr Antonio Espinós, visited Mr Tsunekazu Takeda (JOC President), Mr Yoshiro Mori (TOCOG President) and Mr Yoshio Mifuji (Director/Secretary General of Nippon Budokan).
JOC and TOCOG are the key organisations for the selection of a new event. President Espinós stressed the flexibility of Karatedo for adjusting the number of events dates of the competition, and also the number of athletes.
Nippon Budokan is ready to offer the venue for one week right after the Judo competition, if Karatedo is adopted as an Olympic sport. Nippon Budokan has started its renovation for Tokyo 2020, and it will be accomplished in 2019. Mr Mifuji proposed a pre-Olympic competition in 2019, if Karatedo becomes an Olympic sport.