Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to Olympic Medallist and World Champion Shane Perkins, according to a presidential decree published earlier today in Russia.
Perkins announced his intention to ride for Russia in February this year to further his opportunities in the sport of track cycling, and chase his dream of racing in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Presently contesting the Russian National Championships in St. Petersburg, Perkins spoke of his excitement and gratitude and says he’s confident and motivated to achieve his next major goal, that is, representing Russia in Tokyo.
“I’m very grateful and I’d particularly like to thank the Russian Cycling Federation, President Vladimir Putin, my Coach Vladimir Khozov, and the strong team of people behind me that have made this transition possible,
“I’m ready to race for Russia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, I am working very hard to continually raise the bar in my performances both at training and in racing and will continue to do so every step of the way in the lead up to and at the Games,” Perkins said.
Perkins was crowned National Champion at the Russian Championships in the Men’s Team Sprint on Wednesday alongside his new teammates representing the Russian Capital Moscow at the event.
He placed third in the Men’s Sprint and will contest the Keirin on Saturday before flying to Japan to continue contesting the Japanese Keirin Series.
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