New York Times Gets Li Na Medications Mixed Up


By Richard Horgan Comment

There are a couple of corrections at the bottom of the online version of Brook Larmer’s profile “Li Na, China’s Tennis Rebel,” which ran in the August 25 U.S. Open-themed issue of The New York Times Magazine.

The first fix, dated August 26, is pretty innocuous. But the second, tagged August 28, is a little more embarrassing:

An earlier version of this article misidentified the medication that Li Na felt pressured to take in 2002. It was hormone medicine used to play through a debilitating period, not steroid pills. And the article misidentified the person who pressured her to take the medicine. It was her team leader, not her head coach.

The correction is big news in China, per a dispatch today in the South China Morning Post.
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