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Double Standards in Sport and Employment (three times updated)

Peter Zohrab 2018

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Letter to Ministers

Reply from Minister for Sport and Recreation

Reply from NZ Police

Complaint to Ombudsman

Reply from Ombudsman


(Open Letter to the Ministers of Sport and Employment)


Dear Grant Robertson and Willie Jackson,

The Australian professional tennis player Nick Kyrgios has criticised a double standard in a tennis in Acapulco, when (Daria) "Gavrilova threw her racquet across the court in frustration and almost hit a ball person." She suffered no penalty -- after all, she was a woman and the ball person was a ball boy! Kyrgios makes the point that "I would be banned for 6 years and been on every paper and news channel for the next month"... I also assume that the consequences would have been more severe if the near-victim had been a ball girl.

But, as everyone knows, there is an overarching set of double standards in tennis, which affects the whole context in which such incidents occur, i.e. men and women play in separate competitions for virtually the same prize money, which is a gross double standard, because there would probably be no female tennis player capable of competing with men in a non-sexist, non-apartheid system!

So, since the whole context in which tennis is played is one of sexist, apartheid double standards, it is only natural that this double-standards mentality would flow through into other aspects of the game, such as umpiring decisions!! How can you have double standards over-all, but non-discrimination in particular subcategories of behaviour? That is too hard for people to adjust to!

Moreover, there is no employment sphere (and these players are professional, of course) where men and women are separated out because men would not be able to meet the women's higher standards!

If we turn to the employment category of Police Officer, again we have a situation of sexist double standards which benefit women. Men, on the other hand, are denied employment as Police Officers if they only meet the physical entry standards of women. Men have to achieve higher standards to get in!

So, since the whole context in which the Police are employed is one of sexist, apartheid double standards, it is only natural that this double-standards mentality would flow through into other aspects of the policing, such as arrests and prosecutions!! Many men suffer from these double standards, which attract zero media coverage and zero academic research!

Since your Government is currently going on about so-called Pay Equity, could you -- under the Official Information Act -- please inform me about any plans you have to:

  1. unify the male and female competitions for tennis and

  2. unify the entry standards for male and female Police Officers?


Summary Haiku:

Men have no rights,
but aren't less human.
We blame sexism.


I received the following reply from Hon. Willie Jackson:


Tena koe Peter

On behalf of the Hon Willie Jackson, thank you for your request. Your request has been forwarded to the Office of the Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Police as the "entry standards for male and female Police officers" fall under Minister Nash's portfolio responsibility.

As normal, the Office of Hon Grant Robertson will respond to you regarding plans to "unify the male and female competitions for tennis".

Nga mihi

Office of the Hon Willie Jackson MP

Minister of Employment
Associate Minister for Maori Development

Authorised by Hon Willie Jackson MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington


I also received the following substantive reply from the Minister for Sport and Recreation:


Reply from Minister for Sport and Recreation


After I had requested help from the Ombudsman about the Minister's non-response, the Minister of Police eventually transferred my request to the New Zealand Police, who replied as follows:




I complained to the Ombudsmen, as follows:


Dear sir/Madam,

I asked the Minister of Sport and the Minister of Employment an OIA question (see attached email). I am not writing to you about the Minister of Sport's reply.

The Minister of Employment's question was passed on to the Minister of Police, who passed it on to the Police, who answered it (see attached PDF document).

Could you please investigate and review the appropriateness of the action of the Minister of Police in passing on the letter to the Police themselves? In my view it was a policy/political question involving Human Rights, so the Minister should have answered it -- expecially as the Government claims to care about pay equity, employment equity, etc..


Yours sincerely,

Peter Zohrab


The Ombudsmen replied in the same letter to two of my complaints, as follows:



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Peter Douglas Zohrab

Latest Update

13 February 2022