Corporate bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has joined the fight against drugs and corruption in Australian sport by announcing a multi-million sponsorship of the Federal Government’s investigation into the problem.
Announcing the launch of the tomwaterhouse.com War on Sport Rort, Mr Waterhouse said that it was important for the integrity of Australian sport that it remained untainted by outside influences.
“As a bookmaker, I am just as – if not more – concerned about keeping Australian sport clean. Hopefully, this investigation will get to the bottom of things.”
“At this stage, I’m offering odds of $1.85 that everything will turn out all right in the end. And as a special offer this weekend, bet with me and, if your team is beaten by a favourite found to be on performance-enhancing drugs, I’ll give you your money back up to the value of $25.”
Prime Minister Julia Gillard praised Mr Waterhouse’s stalwart support for the War on Sport Rort.
“Everyone in my Sportingbet Labor government welcomes the fact that someone from the opposition, like Mr Waterhouse, is willing to lend bipartisan support to such a serious issue.”
Coalition leader Tony Abbott refused to comment on the Waterhouse announcement, other than to repeat that he had never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and that, even if he had taken such drugs, so had everyone else.