Athletes from around the world will be given a choice to go without black garments after the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The IOC announced the changes in an online announcement Tuesday.
The decision comes after a study from the International Olympic Committee found that only 4 percent of the world’s population wears black.
The remaining 93 percent of people are either wearing a white or gray color.
The decisions are the first to be made since the IOC said it would ban all sports with “contaminants of color” from Rio de Janeiro in August.
The International Olympic committee is the body that decides which sports will go ahead.
But the announcement didn’t specify which athletes would be banned.
Instead, it says that athletes from countries in South Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas will be able to wear “a single-use black-and-white garment bag.”
In other words, athletes in the Olympic sports will be allowed to wear the same kind of black, gray and white garments as other Olympic athletes.
The announcement did not mention any specific countries or regions that would be excluded.
In the past, athletes have worn black and white or other colors during games to highlight the significance of the events.
In a statement, the International Paralympic Committee said it has “always respected the decision of the IOC to prohibit athletes from wearing certain colors of clothing.”
The IOC has long sought to be more inclusive, and athletes have been wearing white and gray during many Olympic games, including the men’s marathon, soccer, track and field, boxing and fencing.
The governing body of the Olympic Games has long said that all athletes are welcome to wear black and whites and other colors throughout the games.
In an interview last month with ABC News, IOC President Thomas Bach called the decision “the right one for everyone,” but he said athletes would have to make a choice.
“It is the right thing for everyone in terms of diversity,” Bach said.
“I think it is a very good choice.”
The decision is a setback for those who want to wear blacks during the Games.
The black-white clothing ban came after the International Tennis Federation, which represents players worldwide, said it was in the process of developing a list of athletes who will wear the black-only gear.
It said it hoped to put the list online by the end of the summer.
However, the IOC did not announce a date for the ban to take effect, saying it would wait to hear from all the athletes involved.
The change was announced after the U.S. Olympic Committee issued a statement saying it supported athletes wearing black and gray.
The American group said it will continue to encourage its athletes to wear a variety of colors during the games, but “in order to be able for us to fully utilize the full range of colors that will be available to us, athletes will have to opt out of wearing black-or-white garments at all times during the Olympic games.”