The International Canoe Federation (ICF), currently overseeing an innovative World Championship in Pau, will review the event with a view to proposing possible new disciplines for future Olympics.
This could include events such as extreme slalom with the Paris 2024 Games targeted.
Speaking from Pau, where for the first time the ICF Wildwater and Canoe Slalom World Championships are being contested at the same time at the same venue, along with the new event of extreme slalom, the ICF President and International Olympic Committee member Jose Perurena told insidethegames: "Two of our events - the sprint and the slalom - are Olympic disciplines, and we will continue to promote them.
"Disciplines such as freestyle and ocean racing kayak are also very strong events for us.
"But we want all the disciplines to be well supported into the future, because we don't know what will happen.
"We don't know what younger people may find most attractive for future Games."
Triple Olympic canoe slalom champion Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024 and vice president of the ICF, added that the World Championships in his hometown of Pau - for which he had been responsible for bidding before he became ICF vice-president - offered a new way to showcase the sport.
"We wanted to highlight the three different disciplines, and we felt it would benefit them to be taking place at the same time," he told insidethegames.
"At the ICF, we always want to show new ideas, to innovate, and to target new people.
"This new approach has generated a lot of excitement at these Championships.
"It has been a very emotional month for me - first for Paris to get the 2024 Games, and then for me to watch these Championships taking place in my home town."
The sport has introduced a new discipline, extreme slalom, to the canoe slalom World Cup programme this year - a hybrid of freestyle and slalom with some wildwater thrown in.
"We piloted it in the 2016 World Cup, and spectators really enjoyed the different elements," Estanguet said.
"The slalom is about speed and precision.
"With extreme slalom it is easy to understand who is the winner because they are the first to come home.
"The three products together are a good combination."
The canoe programme for the Tokyo 2020 Games will comprise the slalom and sprint events.
But Estanguet added: "For 2024 everything is remaining possible.
"We have to focus on new ideas and try to be courageous also, to take some risks and make sure we can convince people from outside our family that canoeing is a sport that is dynamic and able to reinvent itself, and reach a new target with the youth.
"This is important, because this is the first year of a new Olympiad, so after Rio we have to impose ourselves to maybe look at ourselves and refresh a little bit what we offer, what we do.
"Effectively we launched this year for the first time the extreme slalom World Championships, and this is a good opportunity for us to test new ideas, to try to offer a new show for the spectators and try to reach a new audience, a new target.
"We need to see if it is possible to reach the youth, thanks to the extreme slalom.
"I really look forward to seeing what will be the impact, and the feedback from this test.
"At the moment we don't speak about the Olympic programme.
"We are testing new ideas to see what works in terms of spectators and TV interest.
"Then we will have a review to see what new ideas could be introduced.
"We have not had discussions with the International Olympic Committee about events at the 2024 and 2028 Games - but why not consider some new disciplines?
"This Federation is always looking at the question of the best model for a future Games."