The Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1986. This was the second time that Edinburgh had hosted the Commonwealth Games, the first was in 1970. These Games were held between 24 July – 2 August 1986. Twenty-six nations attend and sent a total of 1,662 athletes and 461 officials.
- After nearly two decades successfully averting political stay-aways and protests because of apartheid and sanction-busting sports tours to South Africa, the XIII Games, the second to be staged at 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 sports.
- Ten sports were featured at the second Edinburgh Games – athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, rowing, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling.
- The following list includes the first four ranked teams. The ranking list for all years is available here.
- About the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games
- Videos from the 1986 Commonwealth Games
- List of Commonwealth Games Host Cities
- Sport in Scotland
- 1986 The Year in Sport