• Shane Perkins will wear a Russian flag of convenience at his next international meeting. (Getty)Source: Getty
Australian Olympic track medallist Shane Perkins has switched his allegiance to Russia in a move to race in Tokyo.
Cycling Central

15 Feb 2017 - 4:04 PM  UPDATED 15 Feb 2017 - 4:05 PM

Perkins, 30, is in the process of securing Russian citizenship and is hopeful of representing his new country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The Russian Cycling Federation has given me another opportunity to chase my dreams of Olympic representation in Tokyo 2020 which has special significance to me as my father (Darryl Perkins) raced the Olympics in Tokyo 1964,” Perkins said.

“I’ve spoken to Cycling Australia’s High Performance Program and staff and they have been supportive.

“I’m grateful to Cycling Australia for the support that they have given me throughout my career, and I’ll continue to be involved whilst I’m home in Brisbane, particular with the Junior Jets Program and it’s upcoming stars of the future.”

Perkins, who won bronze in the sprint at the 2012 London Games, missed selection in the Australian team for the Rio Olympics.

He told Cycling Australia of his intention to change allegiances in November last year.

Perkins is currently in Cali, Colombia for the UCI World Cup event and is riding with the Dreamseeker trade team after a stint in Japan for Kirin races.

"I’m extremely grateful for the support that I have received to date by the Japanese Keirin Association (JKA) and my professional trade team ‘Dreamseeker," he said.

"The support that I have received from the JKA and Dreamseeker has enabled me to continue fulfilling my goals and dreams in the sport, whilst continuing to support my family in Brisbane, Australia."