Chinese athletes and sports chiefs preparing for the Olympics took a break from their strict training regime yesterday to rally around the Sichuan earthquake victims. The State Sports General Administration (SSGA) promised five million yuan (HK$5.58 million) on behalf of all the Chinese medals hopefuls while athletic stars and teams offered cash to help the tens of thousands affected by Monday's earthquake. 'We will make the donation on behalf of our Olympic athletes,' the SSGA said on its website. 'We would like to do whatever we can and we are ready to respond anytime. We are here to offer our condolences to people involved in the earthquake.' The gymnastics team, now in Tianjin competing in a World Cup event, committed one million yuan while the national men's and women's basketball teams combined for 400,000 yuan, the China Daily reported. The biggest offer from an individual athlete came from NBA star Yao Ming. He contributed 500,000 yuan through his agent to the quake-hit area. 'This is only the first contribution from Yao,' said Lu Hao, the head of Yao's management team in Beijing. 'He will follow it up when he returns to the country.' Superstar hurdler Liu Xiang and his coach Sun Haiping donated 500,000 yuan while the iconic national table tennis team gave 980,000 yuan for the relief cause. To date, there have been no reports of any Chinese athletes being injured or killed. Sichuan has a history of producing Olympic champions including 1980s stars Zhang Rongfang and Zhu Ling, who helped China win a women's volleyball gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games - as well as three world championships titles in a row. The province is ingrained in the nation's sporting psyche with other high-profile athletes hailing from the mountainous area including table tennis Olympic gold medallist Chen Longcan, judo world champion Tan Lin and Olympic shooting champion Zhang Shan. Beijing tennis doubles hopefuls Zheng Jie and Yan Zi are both from Chengdu. They are currently competing in the Rome Open in Italy. 'I've contacted their parents and texted the players and they are OK,' Gao Shenyang, vice-director of the Chinese Tennis Association, was quoted as saying. 'We will keep in touch with their families and try to help them stay free of concerns.'