UK Sport officials say they "understand" Mo Farah's decision to publish his blood test data in a bid to prove his innocence after being caught up in recent doping allegations.

But the nation's elite sports funding agency - which is pumping almost £27million into top-level athletics for the four-year cycle up to the 2016 Rio Olympics - has urged caution over the push for other sports stars to follow suit.

There are no suggestions Farah has broken any doping rules, but he is keen to prove his innocence after allegations levelled at his coach Alberto Salazar by a Panorama investigation in June.

And a series of new allegations in The Sunday Times, which focused on marathon running, have led a number of other leading British athletes, including Jo Pavey, Lisa Dobriskey and Jenny Meadows, to vow to follow Farah's lead.

Their move comes despite both UK Athletics and UK Anti-Doping - as well as the International Association of Athletics Federations - urging athletes to think twice before making their data public.

UK Athletics fears data could be "misinterpreted" while UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead said on Sunday that the logical conclusion to such a move would be that those who resisted publicising their results would be suspected.

A UK Sport spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "We understand the action taken by those who have chosen to be transparent at this point in time as a demonstration of their commitment to clean sport - however we must also respect every athlete's individual choice regarding the sharing of their personal medical information.

"UK Sport has a zero tolerance policy on doping and support the work of UK Anti-Doping and the national governing bodies to ensure athletes and athlete support personnel are very aware of their responsibilities to train and compete cleanly to maintain the integrity of sport and competition."

Any athlete can access their own blood test data by accessing the Anti-Doping Administration & Management (ADAMS) system, which is run by the world anti-doping agency, WADA.

But given its statistical complexities, there are fears that in their rush to prove their innocence, some athletes may inadvertently reveal other information such as personal medical problems.

UK Athletics - which does not hold the data - insists it is this duty of care to its athletes, rather than any desire to see the data suppressed - which prevents it giving Farah and his fellow athletes its unqualified support on the issue.