Texas Senator Ted Cruz has stood behind calls for the United States to orchestrate a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics amid growing concern over China’s human rights abuses.

“I think it’s a mistake to have a full boycott of the Olympics, you know Jimmy carter tried that in the 1970’s all it did was punish a generation of athletes,” Mr Cruz told Face The Nation.

“We’ve got young men and young women who have spent their whole lives practicing for this moment – I don’t want to punish those young athletes.

“What we ought to do, I do agree with the notion of a so-called diplomatic boycott.”

“You agree with President Biden?” the presenter asked.

“We don’t send high ranking cabinet officials over there. We try to minimise the attention,” Ted Cruz responded.

Mr Cruz’s comments come after President Joe Biden confirmed last week the decision to boycott the iconic games was something his administration had been “considering”.

A diplomatic boycott won’t stop US athletes from competing in the games but it does mean no government official would travel to the communist country in February.

The consideration is in response to concerns of China’s treatment of Uighur’s which is a Muslim minority who mostly live in Xinjiang.

Arkansas senator Tom Cotton called for a “complete and total boycott”.

“I regret that this will prevent about 300 of America’s world class athletes from competing in the Olympics,” Mr Cotton said.

“I sympathise with them however they have been failed by this administration who months ago could have worked with our allies to develop a plan to conduct these games in another country.

“They have been failed by the leaders of the International Olympic Movement who should have never awarded these games to a Communist tyranny.”

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