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1986 Asian Games

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Host city  Seoul, South Korea
Athletes participating  4,839
Opening ceremony  September 20
Nations participating  27
Events  296 in 25 sports
Closing ceremony  October 5
1986 Asian Games

The 10th Asian Games were held from September 20, 1986, to October 5, 1986, in Seoul, South Korea. The city was supposed to host the 1970 games, but it received security threats from neighbouring North Korea, forcing it to give up hosting the games to previous 1966 host Bangkok, Thailand. The venues and facilities of the 10th Asiad were the same venues and facilities used in the 1988 Summer Olympics two years later because this was considered a test event.


Boycotting countries

Nearly all socialist countries including North Korea, Mongolian People's Republic, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Afghanistan and South Yemen boycotted the Games due to political conditions, except People's Republic of China.

Terrorist attack

A spy detonated a bomb behind a vending machine in Gimpo International Airport and killed five people, including a technician, just a few days before the Games started.


The official mascot for the 1986 Asian Games was Hodori.

Medal table

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, South Korea, is highlighted.


1986 Asian Games Wikipedia

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