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Jan Kan

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohannes Benedictus "Jan"•Kan
Used nameJan•Kan
Born18 May 1873 in Nijmegen (NED)
Died8 May 1947 in Den Haag (The Hague) (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Johannes Kan was a track & field athlete, who later became an author. In his youth he was part of the first unofficial Dutch football team. Later in his life he often went to skate with Princess Juliana in winter. He was widely known for his interest in various sports – hockey, football, tennis and ice skating.

After studying law at Leiden, Kan became an official, first in the municipality of Rotterdam and later in the Ministry of Finance. From 1908-31 he was Secretary-General of the Ministry of Interior. In 1926, he became Minister of the Interior and Agriculture in the Parliament of the Netherlands and later became a member of the Council of State. He gained fame as an expert in the field of constitutional law and as a connoisseur of parliamentary history.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions NED Jan Kan
Literature, Open (Olympic) AC