- 1986 Asian Games
Name = X Asian Games
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Host city =
Seoul, South Korea
Nations participating = 33
Athletes participating = 4,839
Events = 25
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Closing ceremony =
Officially opened by = President Chun Doo-hwan
Athlete's Oath = -
Judge's Oath = -
Torch Lighter =
Chang Jae Guen
Stadium = Olympic Stadium
The 10th Asian Games were held from
September 20, 1986to October 5, 1986in Seoul, South Korea. The venues and facilities of the 10th Asiad were the same venues and facilities used in the 1988 Summer Olympicsbecause this was considered a test event.
A total number of 4,839 athletes, coming from 27 countries, were competing in 25 events. Debuting sports were
judo, taekwondo, women's cyclingand women's Shooting. 83 Asian records and three world records were broken, while two world records were equalled in the Seoul Asiad.
Shigenobu Murofushifrom Japanwon the Asian Games gold for the fifth successive time (1970–1986). But the star of the 1986 Asian Games was the "Payyoli Express" – P. T. Usha. She won four gold medals (and one silver), becoming the biggest winner of athletics gold medals in the Seoul Asiad.
The Seoul Asiad marked the coming of age of
South Korean sports. They came second in the Seoul Asiad in the medal tally, displacing Japan. From the 1986 Asiad onwards, China and South Korea would always finish one and two in the overall medal count (except the 1994 Asian Gamesin Hiroshima).
All socialist countries including North Korea except Mainland China boycotted the game due to political conditions. A spy detonated a bomb behind a vending machine in
Kimpo Airportand killed 5 people, including a technician, just few days before the game started.
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