The Averina twins' future in rhythmic gymnastics remains unclear ©Getty Images

The status of Dina and Arina Averina's rhythmic gymnastics careers remain uncertain after the twins indicated they plan to compete only once more this season.

The 23-year-old Russians are set to perform at the Alina Festival on Saturday (April 30), an annual charity event organised by Alina Kabaeva, a retired rhythmic gymnast who won the all-around gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Kabaeva is reportedly the long-term mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Averina twins have been a dominant force in rhythmic gymnastics in recent years, but are barred from international competition at present because of sanctions placed on Russia over the war in Ukraine.

The pair were vague on their ambitions for the future, beyond competing sparingly in 2022.

"There are no plans [about a career] yet," said Arina Averina to Russian state news agency TASS.

"We train and keep fit."

Dina Averina added: "Let's say one thing: after the Alina festival, we will not perform" added Dina Averina. 

"We will participate in various shows, we have already been invited by Alexei Nemov. 

"We will also give master classes."

Dina Averina is an 18-time world champion ©Getty Images
Dina Averina is an 18-time world champion ©Getty Images

Dina Averina previously said it was "too soon" to start planning for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games following Tokyo 2020, with it being noted that Russian national team head coach Irina Viner-Usmanova had talked her out of retirement.

She had controversially lost the Olympic all-around final, with Linoy Ashram of Israel taking gold and the Russian Olympic Committee competitor second.

Ashram herself retired this month.

Dina Averina won all-around, hoop, ball and clubs world titles in Kitakyushu last year, as well as a team gold medal with the Russian Gymnastics Federation squad.

Dina Averina is an 18-time world champion, while sister Arina is a five-time world gold medallist.

Russian gymnasts have now been banned indefinitely from International Gymnastic Federation events, however.

This comes after the International Olympic Committee recommended a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials following the invasion of Ukraine.

More than 2,435 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched a military assault on February 24, according to the United Nations.

The true figure is believed to be considerably higher.