Badminton originated in Asia. The game, played with a shuttle cock and a racket, is reminiscent of an Indian ritual game called «poona». British officers invented badminton in the XIXth century in recollection of this game. The game was named badminton in memory of the proprietor of the land on which the first game took place. In modern competitions, either two players or two teams play matches on a court which measures 13 m long by 6 m wide. Badminton was introduced in to the Olympics in 1988, and Indonesia, South Korea and China are the world's top nations.