- Born:14 September 1943 (75 years)
Jan Snijders is IJF Head Refereeing Director. He started judo in 1954 and in 1961 won gold at the European Junior Championships. In 1962, he was European Champion in Essen and in 1964 he participated in the first Olympics in Tokyo. During the years 1962 to 1972, he was a member of the Dutch national team. Snijders, like his twin brother Peter, was known for his technical perfection. He was a referee at seven world championships and at several Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992).