IJF President Marius Vizer (centre) met IBSA officials Nobert Biro and Janos Tardos ©IJF

International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer has met with International Blind Sport Association (IBSA) Judo Committee chairman Nobert Biro as both organisations aim to strengthen ties following Rio 2016.

The pair met at the IJF Presidential office to reflect on both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the next steps of developing visually impaired judo among the key aspects of their conversation.

"Thank you for providing us the possibility to meet you and discuss about the future collaboration between IJF and IBSA judo," said Biro.

"First of all we would like to thank you for the support received from IJF.

"It was really important for the prestige of visually impaired judo."

Vizer reaffirmed that the IJF will continue to support the IBSA, with both organisations signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the Budapest Grand Prix in 2014 to develop the "professionalism and integration" of visually impaired judo.

The backing will include providing technical support and assistance with judo projects in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The IJF have claimed the strategy is for a long-term collaboration between the organisations, stating they will assist the qualification system for the Paralympics, starting in 2017.

A total of 129 judoka from 36 nations competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics ©Getty Images
A total of 129 judoka from 36 nations competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics ©Getty Images

It will allow IBSA Judo to introduce more events at continental and world level.

The selection of referees will be provided in the future by the IJF, which will offer additional specialists in each field.

Judo made its debut at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, with the latest edition in Rio seeing a total of 129 judoka from 36 nations taking part in competition.