Ba Zhen, Sun Yang’s Banned Doctor, Has Suspension Extended After Violation


Ba Zhen, Sun Yang’s banned doctor, has had his suspension extended after news broke that he had violated his initial ban by appearing at the 2014 Asian Games in support of Sun.

Ba, initially suspended from May 17, 2014 to May 16, 2015, for his role in the anti-doping violation of Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang, violated his ban by “travelling on a private basis to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon” and “by helping to rehabilitate his athlete during that competition.”

FINA stated in a release today that this was done “without the previous knowledge or consent from the Chinese National Swimming Team officials” and was in violation of DC Rule 10.10 (status during ineligibility).

FINA has now changed Ba’s ban to Sept. 28, 2014 to Sept. 27, 2015.


Swimming World first posted about the violation in March. That initial report has an in-depth look at the violation.