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24th - 2nd August 1986

About Edinburgh 1986

After nearly two decades successfully averting political stay-aways and protests because of apartheid, the XIII Games, the second to be staged in Edinburgh, was to become known as ‘the Boycott Games’. Sadly, despite there being so many fond memories of the Scottish hospitality offered in 1970, 32 Commonwealth nations decided that they could not attend, because of their opposition to apartheid in sport.

Scotland won its highest ever medal tally of 33 including three gold. Highlights included Liz McColgan winning gold in the 10,000 metres; in Badminton Dan Travers and Billy Gilliland winning gold in the Men’s Doubles; and in Lawn Bowls George Adrain and Grant Knox winning gold in the Men’s Pairs.

  • No. Sports 10
  • No. Countries 26
  • No. Athletes 1,662
  • Gold Medals Awarded 163
  • Official Mascot Mac (Dog)
Team Scotland’s Edinburgh 1986 Medal Count:
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  • Total: 33
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Did You Know?

  • In hosting the 1986 Games, Edinburgh became the first city ever to host the Commonwealth Games twice.

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