|Opening ceremony||20 December|
|Closing ceremony||26 December|
|Officially opened by|| Hussain Muhammad Ershad, |
President of Bangladesh
|Main venue||Bangabandhu National Stadium|
The 1985 South Asian Games (or 2nd SAF Games) were held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 20 December to 26 December 1985.
A total of 7 countries participated in the 1985 South Asian Games.
There were 7 official sports for the 2nd SAF Games. They were:
Kabaddi and Wrestling were included for the first time during the 1987 games.
Host nation (Bangladesh)
|Totals (7 nations)||94||91||99||284|
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