The 1986 Asian Games (Korean: 1986년 아시아 경기대회/1986년 아시안 게임, romanized: Cheon gubaeg palsib yug-nyeon Asia gyeonggi daehoe/Cheon gubaeg palsib yug-nyeon Asian Geim), also known as the 10th Asian Games and the X Asiad (Korean: 제10회 아시아 경기대회/제10회 아시안 게임, romanized: Je sib hoe Asia gyeonggi daehoe/Je sib hoe Asian Geim) were held from 20 September to 5 October 1986, in Seoul, South Korea. The venues and facilities of the 10th Asiad were the same venues and facilities that would be used in the 1988 Summer Olympics, as it was considered a test event.
Seoul had previously been scheduled 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.
Host city selection
Baghdad, Pyongyang, and Seoul were the bidding cities for the Games, but both Baghdad and Pyongyang later withdrew.
Boycotting countries are in dark red
Communist states North Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Afghanistan, and South Yemen, as well as Burma, Syria, and Brunei all boycotted the Games for political reasons and conditions. However, the communist People's Republic of China, which was set to host the next games in Beijing, competed, and ultimately finished at the top of the medal table. Two years later, all except North Korea participated at the 1988 Summer Olympics, although Brunei sent only one official and no athletes.
A North Korean 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 the tiger, which was also the mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympics.
The following venues were used during the Games.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, South Korea, is highlighted.
* Host nation (South Korea)